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Rev. Freeman Ankrum, A.B. 

Alexander Mack the Tunker 
and Descendants 





Copyright 1943 by Rev. Freeman Ankrum 
All Rights Reserved 





Who Never Forgot, nor Neglected, to Instill 
into the Minds of Her Children, Those 
Fundamentals Indicated as Basic by Her An- 
cestors; Who Has Known Hard Work All 
Her Life and the Cares of a Large Family, 
Yet Patiently and Faithfully Taught Them 
by Precept and Example, and Loyalty to God 
and the Church, This Book Is Humbly Dedi- 
cated to Lucinda Mack Ankrum, by Her Son 
the Author. 


The writer has never known a time when he has not been 
surrounded by, and grounded in, the history of the Mack Family. 
Since he was of the family, it was taken as a matter of course, and 
little more than ordinary thought was given it. However, there 
was instilled through the years a desire to capture and place upon 
the records stories that were handed down and dates and records, 
which in the course of time would be lost. The rich opportunity 
of securing much material from an individual who sat at the feet 
of one who was educated in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and who 
was thirty years of age when his Grandfather Alexander Mack, 
Jr., passed away at his Germantown, Pennsylvania, home, was a 
rare privilege. Older members of the illustrious family are passing 
from the scenes of life. Their treasured memories of incidents of 
another day, unless captured and confined to the printed page, will 
soon be lost. Seventeen years ago actual collection of material was 
begun and notes were made with the expectation of finally publishing 
the matter in a volume in which it might be preserved for posterity. 
The first effort in publishing was in the Brethren Evangelist of 
May 24, 1930, and was just a limited sketch. It had been our 
privilege to visit with the venerable Rev. J. H. Moore in his 
Sebring (Florida) home in the beginning of the collecting of ma- 
terial. After the article appeared in the Evangelist, he pointed out 
some errors of dates, of which the author was aware. The late 
Brother Moore writes : 

Sebring, Florida 
May 27, 1930 
Dear Bro. Ankrum : 

Your article in the late Evangelist, about your Descent from 
Alexander Mack, has been read with special interest. You seem 
to have a pretty clear record. Possibly you are in position to write a 
little history of Mack and his descendants. You say more about 
the family than I have seen in any other report. 

* * * 

You have the coming of Mack's wife with him to America and 
dying on the date given by Bro. M. G. Brumbaugh. Most writers 
differ with Brumbaugh on this point, holding that the wife died in 
Germany. Among these I name Quinter, Holsinger and the writers 


of the history of Eastern Pennsylvania. In Rupp's list of Thirty 
Thousand Names of Emigrants Coming to Pennsylvania from 1727 
to 1776, it is maintained that Mack's wife died in Europe. 

This is a point of dispute that I would like to see run down, for 
there seems to l>e good authority on both sides. My age and 
strength will not permit me to give it the attention required to get 
at the real fact. If you have any special data on the point I would 
appreciate a word from you. 

Pardon me for troubling you with this letter, but I feel an 
interest in what you say of your relation to Mack in the flesh as 
well as in the spirit, and so I write you. 


J. H. Moore. 

In this production the writer lias formed the conclusion based on 
evidence mentioned in the chapter pertaining to Alexander Mack's 
wife, that she died in Germany, and not in America, as was stated 
in the article in the Evangelist. 

The work was held up for approximately seven years while the 
author was searching for material and the grave of William Mack, 
the third link in the chain. He was the son of Alexander Mack, Jr. 
The writer was in contact with the late Ex Governor M. G. Brum- 
baugh in this search. He, too, was keenly interested in the Mack 
genealogy. As to William Mack we give you his letter : 

Juniata College 
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania 
Dear Bro. Ankrum: 

I do not have the genealogy of the Mack family. ' I think Stoler 
Good of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, can supply you with the 
dates. He's an Alumnus of J. C. and the Macks settled in lower 
Cumberland Valley after Germantown. If this fails you, try the 
Pennsylvania German Society, Norristown, Pennsylvania. They 
have a new Genealogical Dept. Its help is free. You ought to be 
a member. Why not? 

Your pamphlet is good. I am glad you hold to the religion your 
family set up and lived. 

Be sure to send me this data when published. I cherish all such 

Cordially yours, 

M. G. Brumbaugh. 

After William Mack was traced to Waynesboro, it was the sup- 
plying of the material collected by Miss Sudie Wingert of Waynes- 


boro which ended the seven-year search. It must be recalled that 
means and time did not permit an intensive search, but only as 
occasion permitted. Miss Wingert is a genealogist of note. Her 
assistance in securing and supplying material is highly appreciated 
by the writer. She is continually giving of self and time to the 
work of the church and of assisting others. Each time the writer 
presumed to impose upon her time, it was highly remunerative to 

While the writer was located at Linwood, Maryland, as pastor of 
the Linwood Brethren Church, the work there was such that time 
was permitted to make research. This is of course a section of the 
brotherhood rich in history. At Historic Pipe Creek Church the 
first minutes to be recorded of the Annual Meetings known to be 
in existence were recorded at Pipe Creek in 1778. Here the church 
stands, with three sections of its commodious structure erected in 
three different centuries. Here we were fortunate in having the 
aid of Rev. Wm. Kinzie, of New Windsor, and Dr. E. C. Bixler, 
also of New Windsor. Dr. Bixler well stated to the writer one 
day when he said, "You find a date today and a contradiction to- 
morrow." The writer naturally must depend upon the records of 
others, and many times they were incorrect. It was deemed better 
to leave out that which might in any way be questioned and in- 
sert that which was best known to be correct. An instance of this 
is shown in the records kept in the court house in Uniontown, 
Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Here the old records, evidently 
copied in years past by a copyist, state that "Jacob Mack bought 
land and a Mill on Browns Run in 1786." It is also stated that 
his wife signed the indenture. While the writer has known some 
precocious Macks, yet for one to be married at thirteen years of 
age and to pay over three thousand dollars for a mill and site, and 
then proceed to operate the same, simply shows that someone in his 
copying of records put down an "8" when it should have been a 
"9." The records carved upon the tombstones are naturally taken 
as being correct. The writer knows of only one case, and not con- 
cerned in this production, when evidently the wrong date was inten- 
tionally carved upon the stone. 

Search was made through numerous cemeteries. The self-effacing 
of many of the Dunker pioneers and their humility prevented some 



of the graves from being well marked. Photographs of the early 
leaders of the church were frowned upon in the same way. It was 
a thrill for the writer in visiting Mr. A. D. Rowzer of Windber, 
Pennsylvania, to be able to show him a tintype of his Grandfather 
George Mack Holsinger, whom he had never seen and as far as he 
knew had never had a photograph taken. It was also a privilege of 
having access to many old Bibles, which offered evidence reliable 
in every way. Among these were the Bible owned by Alexander 
Mack, Sr., mention of which is made in the text, and a Saur Bible 
published in 1743, owned by Johannis (John) Mack, the brother of 
Alexander Mack, Jr. This Bible is well preserved and is in 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. While the family Bible of Alexander 
Mack, Jr., was not found, one of each generation with one excep- 
tion down to the present time was located. In this connection we 
want to express appreciation to Dr. John S. Flory of Bridge- 
water, Virginia, for his interest in this work. Those not men- 
tioned in the text who have made their contributions, we desire to 
mention in the Preface. Prof. F. E. Mallott has been highly in- 
terested in the production and has aided in it. Mr. Homer Sanger, 
of Chicago, Illinois, an uncle of Mrs. Ankrum, has aided and has 
been interested in the production. We also desire to credit Mr. 
Frank Connell, Jr., of Masontown, Pennsylvania, for fine con- 
structive criticism of the manuscript. He, a printer, was able to 
add much of value toward structure. His being called into the 
service of his country prevented further aid along this line. We do 
not forget Mrs. Ankrum in her patience and sympathetic aid during 
the years of research and assembling of material. For the ma- 
terial for the bibliography, we are indebted to the various his- 
torians of the church, such as Brumbaugh, Holsinger, Henry, The 
History of the Church of the Brethren in Middle Pennsylvania, and 
various other histories. Someone has said, "History is not original." 
The historian records only that which someone else has done. 

The writer makes no claim to perfection in this work, nor claim 
to completeness. We were more concerned in records of the re- 
mote past and not so much in those of the present generation, which 
will naturally be recorded in various records of vital statistics. 

As this work proceeded the writer was impressed by various 
things. Two questions usually asked him were, Are they still mem- 


bers of the various branches of the Brethren Church? and Are 
there any still living who possess the name of Mack ? The answer 
is in the affirmative, and much so. It was a surprise to the writer 
to learn of the great numbers who are loyal to the church of the 
founder. All branches of the Brethren have within the ranks those 
who can trace their line back to Alexander Mack. The order in 
direct proportion to their membership is first. The Church of the 
Brethren ; second, The Brethren ; third, The German Baptist, or 
Old Order Brethren, and the Grace Brethren. 

Our forefathers left Germany because they could no longer find 
religious or personal freedom. Those days were little different 
from the days of the present in Germany. Graft, greed, persecu- 
tion, and torture were the lot of the Brethren. Dr. D. W. Kurtz 
pointed out to the writer that as long as Alexander Mack was able 
to pay the bribes demanded, as it were, for protection to his follow- 
ers, they were safe. When the money was gone, they were then 
forced to flee the country. America with its hospitable shores de- 
manded extreme hard work in hewing a livelihood out of its for- 
ests. They had little time and really less desire to leave written 
historical records. They were content to leave the writing to a 
higher power upon the pages of a book that would be impervious 
to the teeth of time. The writer may be overlooked in the next 
statement, as being partial, biased, and prejudiced, when he states 
that in this work he is convinced that there has never been a 
family in America which has contributed as much to the moral life 
and religious life of America as has the family of Alexander Mack. 
We should not rest upon the lives of another period. We should be 
much concerned about the records which we are writing and about 
the kind of ancestors our posterity will have. 

The writer also desires to pay tribute to Mrs. Belle Sterling 
Honsaker, of the Masontown Brethren Church, for the loaning of 
records and sympathetic aid in the matter of local history. We also 
desire to extend thanks to Mr. Ira Avery of Masontown, local 
photographer, for his aid in this work in assisting with the 

It is desired to give credit to Mr. H. A. Johnston, a Masontown 
mortician, who has kept complete records of community happen- 
ings for many years, also to Mr. Reuben Rhodes, an octogenarian 



of Masontown, whose Ions life has been spent in this section of 
the state. Professor M. A. Stucky of Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio, also a historian, has been interested in this production and 
has contributed in numerous ways to it. Also to many others who 
have contributed to this work, we extend our heartfelt thanks. 
There may be those who speak of the "Descendants of Alexander 
Mack in America," as though he had other descendants in Europe. 
Alexander Mack came to this country with his three motherless 
sons in 1729. There were other relatives no doubt in Germany but 
none of his descendants. Mention is made in the text of a brother 
who was prominent in the German army; however, his name is not 
known. Also there was an officer by the name of Mack with 
Napoleon. As to whether this officer was related to Alexander 
Mack, we are ignorant. It is well to keep in mind that there are 
other lines in America by the name of Mack. There is a Scotch 
line of this name having no relationship to the German line of 
Mack. This is the line recorded by the Media Research Bureau of 
Washington, D. C. Many difficulties have been encountered by 
English shipmasters recording the German passengers in the 
easiest way they could spell the names in those early pioneer days. 
Here in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, when so many of foreign 
birth and names applied for work, the foreman would state, when 
he could not understand the name and much less spell it, "Your 
name is Brown" ; or "Jones" ; or whatever struck the fancy of 
the foreman, and so another name was lost. The same careless- 
ness has resulted in difficulties and complicated ship lists. Mock 
and Mack, used interchangeably by German- and English-speaking 
people of a community have also added to confusion. Yet there is 
a distinct line of Mocks who are not related whatsoever to the 
Macks. To make more confusion both families existed in Bedford 
and Blair counties, Pennsylvania. The writer has erred on the side 
of omission rather than taking a chance of adding that which has 
no part or relationship to the line. Also, the work would have been 
more complete had many answered who were contacted by letter. 
With the book's failures and omissions, perhaps there will still be 
those things worth while. 

Freeman Ankrum 
Masontown, Pennsylvania 
January 1943 



You Need to Know About Alexander Mack 

It is not often that one spends more than seventeen years in the 
pursuit and preparation of materials for a book. When such labors 
go into a writing project, one may be pretty sure that the subject 
had something special to commend it, and the one writing the book 
a profound personal interest. 

Alexander Mack the Tunker represents an earnest attempt to 
bring together what is known about the founder of the several 
Brethren bodies as they are known today. Therefore what is pre- 
sented about the first Alexander Mack is of interest and importance 
to all who value their Brethren heritage. 

But in addition to the materials just mentioned, the author of this 
work has broadened his project to include matters genealogical for 
the whole Mack relationship. Back of this tedious and exacting 
undertaking was the author's personal interest growing out of the 
fact that he is in the seventh generation from the first Alexander 

Now one needs to know something about Mack if he would un- 
derstand what someone has called the third reformation — the first, 
being Lutheranism against Romanism ; the second, pietism versus 
Lutheranism ; the third, Brethrenism against what had gone before. 
Thus there are respects in which the positions taken by Mack and 
his companions may be said to represent the ripest fruit of the new 
interest in religion as it sprang from Luther and those who followed 

Then there are hundreds and hundreds of living descendants of 
Alexander Mack. All these will find in the Mack book what is 
known of a worthy progenitor, also the most of what is known 
about kinsmen of the Mack relationship. A noble family heritage 
is the most precious gift one can receive. It should keep him trying 
to achieve and eager to know yet more about the worthy ones who 
have gone before. 

H. A. Brandt 

Managing Editor of the Gospel Messenger; Tunker Historian 
Author of Christopher Sower and Son, and numerous other 



Prof aw vii 

Introduction xiii 

I. Alexander Mack (1079-1735) 1 

II. Alexander Mack, Jr. (1712-1803) 10 

III. John Valentine Mack (?-l 755) 41 

IV. Johannes (John) Mack ('!-'!) 48 

V. Hannah Mack (1755-1810) 50 

VI. William Mack (1749-1813) 53 

VII. Alexander Mack (?-1823) GO 

VIII. Jacob Mack (?-1814) 75 

IX. Elizabeth Mack (1770-1847) ; Lydia Mack (1788- 

1852) ; Polly Mack (1799-1865) 114 

X. Descendants of John and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger .. 139 

XI. Descendants of John and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger .. 162 

XII. Descendants of David and Lydia MacK Holsinger 228 

XIII. Jacob Mack (1773-1855) 251 

XIV. Agnes Mack Leckrone (1797-1889) 205 

XV. Sarah Mack Longaneeker (1798-1892) 281 

XVI. John Mack (1800-1877) 295 

XVII. Elder Jacob Mack (1803-1871) 315 

XVIII. Alexander Mack (1S07-18S1) 340 

XIX. Polly Mack (1812-1844); Anna Mack (1815-1901) .. 345 



•Rev. Freeman Ankrum, A.B Frontispiece 

'Valley of the Eder near Schwarzenau, Germany 2 

■Weaver House, Germantown, Pa 4 

Graves of Alexander Mack and Alexander Mack, Jr 7 

•Alexander Mack's Bible !l 

Signatures of Alexander Mack, Johannes Mack, 

Valentine Mack. Alexander Mack, Jr 10 

•Alexander Mack's Seal 12 

Germantown, Pa., Church of the Brethren 25 

Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren near Linwood, Md 27 

•Interior of Saal, or Church, at Ephrata, Pa 43 

•Sisters' House, Ephrata, Pa 45 

•Graveyard east of Waynesboro, Pa., when; John Mack is buried 49 

•Peggy Mack Bosserman, granddaughter of Alexander Mack, Jr. 55 

•Grave of Polly Mack Holsinger Replogle 50 

'Site of house where William Mack, son of Alexander 

Mack, Jr., died 5S 

•Graveyard where William Mack is buried 5!' 

•David Baker Mock and grandson David Warehaif 71 

James A. Sell and John G. Mock 73 

•Joseph J. Oiler 76 

•Science Hall. Juniata College 70 

-Oiler Hall, Juniata College 7(1 

•John Good Benedict 98 

'Holsinger Churches, old and new, near Bakers Summit, Pa 115 

•George Mack Holsinger 118 

'John Mack Holsinger 124 

•William Mack Holsinger 124 

•Jacob Mack Holsinger 124 

'Daniel Mack Holsinger 127 

Mary Mack Holsinger Snowberger 127 

•Jacob Snowberger 127 

■Isaac Mack Holsinger 12!) 

•Nancy Mack Replogle 129 

■Elizabeth Longanecker 133 

•Leah Mack Replogle 133 

•David Mack Replogle 134 

■Mock Church near Pleasantville, Pa 13(i 

•Susannah Holsinger Sell 152 

John L. Holsinger 159 

•Thomas S. Holsinger 162 

Professor George Brumbaugh Holsinger 168 

'Henry Ritz Holsinger 197 

"Henry Holsinger's first press 199 

"Tomb of Henry Holsinger and Mrs. Holsinger 201 

'Hannah Holsinger Brumbaugh 212 

'Mr. and Mrs. Henry Holsinger Brumbaugh 212 

Ephraim Holsinger 218 

'Rebecca Holsinger Brumbaugh 219 


•House on Brown's Run, Fayette Co., where Jacob Mack, the 

grandson of Alexander Mack, Jr., lived 256 

-View of Masontown, Pa., at the present time 258 

■Leaf from Jacob Mack's Bible '. 260 

James Quinter, contemporary of Elder Jacob Mack 262 

•Cemetery near Brownsville, Ohio, where Jacob Mack, grandson 

of Alexander Mack. Jr.. is buried 263 

'Tombstone of Jacob Mack, grandson of Alexander Mack. Jr 264 

Old Leckrone home between Masontown, Pa., & Leckrone. Pa. 266 

'Cemetery of Ankenytown, Ohio 268 

•Martha Leckrone Kara 26!) 

'Family of Martha Leckrone Kara 270 

•Miss Oma Kara, Historian and Writer 271 

'Ruth Stuber Jeanne and son Robert 272 

•Benjamin Leckrone 274 

-Log house on Brown's Run, German Twp., Fayette Co., Pa., 
where Joseph and Sarah Mack Longanecker went to house- 
keeping 282 

'Home of Joseph and Sarah Mack Longanecker on Brown's Run 283 

William Longanecker, M.D 286 

•Birth certificate given at birth of Nancy Longanecker Moser .... 289 

■ Nancy Longanecker Moser 290 

' Sarah Mack Longanecker 292 

• George Mack 297 

•Sarah Ann Mack 297 

•Jason Mack when a young man 297 

Tombstone of Jason Mack 300 

•Armstrong Laird and Lucinda Mack Ankrum. author's parents 302 
Lucinda Mack Ankrum. Jacob L. Mack and Olla Mack Ebersole 308 

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Deffenbaugh 310 

The Samuel Deffenbaugh Home, four miles east of Glenford. O. 311 

•Founders Hall, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 313 

Fairview Church of the Brethren (Georges Creek), Mason- 
town, Pa 318 

■Masontown Brethren Church 319 

•Joseph Mack, Rebecca Mack and their grandson Joseph 323 

Sarah Mack Walters 324 

Elizabeth Kefover Mack 324 

•Fanny Mack 324 

•Mill owned and run bv Joseph Mack at Messmore. Pa 325 

•William Mack 328 

Alexander Mack's Store. Masontown. Pa 334 

•Dr. E. K. Wells, Masontown, Pa 335 

Alexander Mack of Masontown, Pa 335 

Jacob Mack, known as "Pennsylvania Jake" 336 

Mrs. Fanny Mack Donahue 338 

Mrs. Katherine Mack Wells 338 

•Warren Mack 33S 

John Longanecker, brother-in-law of Elder Jacob Mack 346 

Anna Mack Cooperrider 350 

■John Ponoerri'ler 350 

.John Mack when married 346 


ALEXANDER MACK (1679-1735) 

Time marches on leaving fragments of memories that lose their 
details in the pathway of life. Much has been written regarding 
the founders of the Brethren Church, in which all branches that 
have a common origin are meant. Older descendants of Alexander 
Mack are passing from the scene of life. The early pioneers of the 
church were too busy looking after the infant church, and inciden- 
tally making a living at the same time, so that the records were 
more or less fragmentary. Family traditions have been handed 
down, which the writer has been able in part to secure and record 
for posterity. 

Alexander Mack, the founder of the church, was born on August 
3, 1679, near. Schwarzenau, Germany, in Schriesheim, in the elec- 
torate of Palatia, between Mannheim and Heidelberg. He was a 
member of a very respectable and wealthy family. He is reported 
to have secured an education in one of the German universities. 
He was a Presbyterian educated in the Calvinistic faith. While 
little is known of his immediate family, one brother was a general 
in the German army. The man who followed the way of peace 
apparently is better known than the brother who essayed to follow 
the way of war. The young man learned the milling trade and 
assisted in the care of the numerous vineyards belonging to the 
family. Evidence would indicate that the young man was studious 
and thoughtful. Just thirty-one years before Alexander Mack was 
born, the war known as the Thirty Years' War closed with the 
peace of Westphalia. This had had its effect upon the state church 
and the populace. Its frightfulness no doubt was much discussed 
in the ears of the young Alexander. There had been a general 
decimation of the German people. Ten million people perished in 
the general conflict. A church historian states, "The cruelties in- 
flicted during the war upon the defenseless people are indescribable. 
The unarmed were treated with brutal ferocity. Great numbers 
perished by famine. More frightful than famine were the im- 
morality and the moral decay which ensued upon the long reign of 




violence." This was the basis for the moral and religious decay of 
the times. 

The mind of the young man found companionship in the ideas of 
kindred minds. Those who so thought and felt were called, be- 
cause of their piousness, "Pietists." The young man engaged in his 
daily tasks, while he no doubt performed them faithfully, was 
dreaming and thinking of a day when the people might get back to 
the solid base of the New Testament. Thp coldness and the callous- 
ness of the religious-minded people surrounding him caused him to 

Valley of the Eder near Schwarzenau, Germany 

become a dissenter from the faith in which he had been reared. He 
became a leader of like-minded students who investigated the New 
Testament and the records and writings of the Christian Fathers. 
Upon reaching the age of twenty-one, Alexander Mack took for 
his wife a young lady from the same community and about the 
same age, by the name of Anna Margaretha Klingen. This young 
lady was born on April 20, 1680, and became the bride of the 
thoughtful and forward-looking young man on November 4, 1700. 
To this union were born five children, three sons and two daughters. 
They were: John Valentine, Johannes, Alexander, Christina, and 


Anna Maria. The two daughters died in Germany ; the three sons 
later accompanied the father to America. 

Alexander Mack was anxious to ascertain the mind of the Lord 
as revealed in the Scriptures, and to this source was his mind di- 
rected in searching for the old paths. In his reading he became 
convinced that immersion in water was the New Testament baptism, 
that a believer was the only proper subject for the ordinance, and 
that the doctrines and practices set forth in his Plain View of the 
Rites and Ordinances of the House of God are such as believers 
should receive and obey. Accordingly he and his wife and six 
others in the year 1708 were immersed in the River Eder, and 
covenanted together to walk in all the commandments and or- 
dinances of the Lord. The list of those baptized as given by Alex- 
ander Mack, Jr., is perhaps correct while there seems to be some 
difference of opinion regarding one or two who were that morning 
members of the newly organized church. The list given in addi- 
tion to the founder and his wife are, Joanna Noethiger (or, Bony), 
Andrew Bony, George Grebi, Lucas Vetter, John Kipping, and 
Joanna Kipping. These eight members of the pioneer church were 
not a group of people who had been irreligious prior to the organi- 
zation of the Taufers or Tunkers. All were members of a Prot- 
estant church before 1708. However, they were not satisfied with 
the formalism and ritualism which oppressed their spirits. On the 
other hand they could not fully and unreservedly adopt the faith 
of the Pietists who had such a hatred for all church organization 
that they had abandoned all the ordinances of the house of God. 
They, on the one hand, rejected the creed of man and looked, on 
the other hand, with disfavor to the abandoning of the ordinances 
and turned to the Bible for guidance. They learned from God's 
Word that ordinances were essential and creed was not. There- 
fore adopting the Bible as their guide and rule, they organized a 
church without a creed but with all the ordinances as taught by 
Jesus and His followers as recorded in the New Testament. 

God protected this infant community although there was much 
to be endured and sacrificed by the faithful. Alexander Mack had 
a large share of persecution as his lot. Although he was rich, yet 
out of love for the brethren, he became poor like his Master before 
him. The heavy hand of persecution was often laid upon his 
brethren and they were locked up in prison. Only by paying the 




money levied against them in fines were they released. Unfor- 
tunately this releasement was only temporary. By paying the fines, 
his handsome patrimony, fine vineyards, and profitable mill were 
taken from him. He with his brethren sought refuge in different 
places from persecution, but alas those places were not to be found. 
In 1713, Alexander Mack published his book entitled, Plain View of 
tlic Rites and Ordinances of the. House of God and the Ground- 
searching Questions. Prince Henry had tempered to some extent 
the persecutions heaped upon the shoulders of this harmless people. 
However, in 1720 the tolerant policy of the prince was discon- 
tinued. Some of the Brethren had sailed for America the year 
before under the leadership of Peter Becker. The remaining Breth- 
ren were obliged to flee with Mack to Westervain, West Friesland, 
Holland. Historians differ regarding the deatli of the wife of 
Alexander Mack. Martin Brumbaugh in his history states that she 
died August 11, 1758. Another record, which is perhaps the correct 
one. states that she died in 1720 after twenty years of married 
life in Germany. It also states that within one week after he was 
called upon to mourn the passing of his beloved companion, the 
oldest daughter. Christina, followed her in death, bringing double 
grief in a short time. Christina was aged six years at the time of 
her death. The mourning for those of his own household, as well 
as the great persecution now heaped upon him, caused him to plan 
a means of escape from part of these at least. After nine years in 
Holland, the Brethren decided to join the group which emigrated 
to America. From Rotterdam they departed as a congregation, and 
after considerable time spent in passage they landed in Philadel- 
phia on September 15, 1729. Great was the joy of the ones who 
had come to America with Peter Becker 1 when the information was 
conveyed to them that the beloved founder of the church had made 
up his mind to cast his lot with them in the new country of free- 
dom of worship. His three sons, Valentine, John, and Alexander, 
Jr., accompanied the group to America. What a happy and 
glorious reunion that September day when they went down the 
river to meet the oncoming boat with its precious cargo. Alexan- 
der Mack came to America a poor man in this world's goods, but 
rich in faith. Some two years after the party's arrival in America, 
the people of Germantown in their appreciation for what he lad 
1. See Brumbaugh's History, page 192. 


done for them erected a modest log cabin for the use of the be- 
loved founder of the church. It was the love gift of friends who 
realized and appreciated the worth of their leader. Today the 
present church at Germantown stands just back of the lot where 
stood the house in which Mack spent his last years. Johannes 
Mack, one of the sons, inherited the house after his father's death 
and used it to further his trade as a stocking weaver. Later on it 
became known as the "Old Weaver House." 2 Here in this humble 
cottage upon half an acre of ground in Van Bebber Township, 
Alexander Mack passed from the seen world to the unseen world 
on January 31, 1735. Perhaps the hardships, the losses and the 
sacrifices made in behalf of his God and his Brethren, hastened his 
departure. Fortunately though, his last days were spent free from 
the shadow of constant persecution. Thus just six years after the 
founder of the church came to America, he closed his labors on earth. 
He was buried in the Upper burying ground of Germantown, 
sometimes known as Axe's burying ground, and the following brief 
inscription, in the German language, marks the place: "Here rest 
the remains of A. M., born 1679, and died 1735, aged 56 years." At 
this place the body remained until November 13, 1894, when it was 
removed to the cemetery at the Church of the Brethren at Ger- 
mantown, Pennsylvania, where it now rests. Rev. G. N. Falken- 
stein with the assistance of others, had it removed from the now 
deserted Upper burying ground to its present resting place. The 
place is marked by a marble slab, bearing the following inscrip- 
tion : "Alexander Mack, Sr., the first minister and organizer of 
the Church of the Brethren in the year 1708. Born at Schriesheim, 
Germany, 1679. Came to Germantown, 1729. Removed from Axe's 
burying ground 1894." 

When the spade had made its descent to where rested all that 
was mortal of the founder of the church, the body had indeed gone 
back to the dust of the earth from which it had come. So the dust 
which at one time had pulsated with life, thought, and love was 
tenderly transferred to the spot where it shall await the awakening 
and the assembling at the first trumpet sound of the awakening 
angel. An old funeral record gives us the very picturesque de- 
scription of the last rites of this honored man. 

2. Falkenstein's History of the German Baptist Church, p. 134. 


"Let us now lift the veil of the past for a few moments and 
picture to ourselves and the generations of the future the scenes 
enacted at the burial of this venerable patriarch and warrior in 

"No sooner had the soul taken its flight upon that bleak winter 
night, than the Einlader or Anzeiger [notifier] was sent out to- 
wards Germantown, Ephrata, Coventry, Oley, and the Swamp. 


Graves of Alexander Mack and Alexander Mack, Jr., at Germantown, Pa. 

Wherever there were Brethren they went from house to house, 
advising them of the death of the patriarch and inviting them to 
the funeral. This was a peculiar custom in vogue among the 
Germans and existed down to the early years of the present century. 
"Other brethren again took charge of the obsequies. The 
schreiner [cabinet maker] was sent to measure for the coffin. This 
was a shaped wooden box made of unpainted cherry wood, as it 
was believed that the grave worm could easiest penetrate this 


wood, and thus believed that the body would be devoured most 
quickly. In making the coffin great care was taken that no shaving 
escaped. These, as well as all particles of saw dust were carefully 
gathered up and placed in the bottom of the coffin, and then cov- 
ered with a linen cloth, upon which the body was placed. The 
reason for this great care was the belief that, if any particle escaped, 
whatever house it blew into the next death would occur therein in 
the near future. Then, when the coffin was carried into the house of 
mourning, it was always brought in head first, or else another 
funeral would soon follow. Care was also taken to have the foot 
always towards the door and the lid hidden from view behind the 
outer door. 

"There were two peculiarities about this coffin. Owing to the 
prominence of the deceased, eight metal handles were procured, a 
species of extravagance rarely indulged in by the Germans of that 
early day. The other was that the lid was a peaked one, giving the 
body ample room. The ordinary coffin of that day had a flat lid, 
and was commonly known as a nasenquetcher, from the fact that 
it often flattened the nose of the deceased. 

"Great indeed was the company that assembled on the day of the 
funeral ; the humble cabin in Bettelhausen, wherein reposed the 
mortal remains of the patriarch, was much too small for the mul- 
titude who had journeyed from all quarters over the snowcapped 
hills to bear tribute to the character and pure life of the founder 
of the German Baptist Brethren in America. A man wdio was once 
in affluence, while in the Fatherland, gave up his all for the cause, 
came to the wilds of America for conscience' sake, and here ended 
his days in a cabin built for him with contributions of the chari- 

"Upon this occasion were gathered the Brethren from German- 
town, prominent among them were, Peter Becker, Christopher 
Saur, Heinrich Kalkglaser, Heinrich Pastorius, and others old and 
young. Then came the solitary from the Cocalico, who, led by 
Beissel, Wohlfarth, and the Eckerling brothers, all in their pic- 
turesque Pilgrim garb, had walked the whole distance from Lan- 
caster over the frozen ground in silence and Indian file. There 
were Brethren from Coventry and Chester County with Martin 
Urner, who had but a short time before been consecrated by the 
deceased as his successor and bishop of the denomination in Pen;i- 


sylvania. There was also a deputation of the Sabbatarian Brethren 
from the French Creek. Lastly, there came from the ridge of the 
heights of the Wissa'hickon those of the Pietists of the Kelpius 
Community who still lived there as hermits. Among these recluses 
were Conrad Matthai, Johann Gottfried Selig, Daniel Geisler, 


lilt T. 'til l.'KN 


Alexander Mack's Bible 

Christopher Witt, Andreas Bony, and others ; all to perform the 
last homage to the religious leader who now reposed cold and 
inanimate in the lowly cabin by the roadside. 

"The obsequies commenced, as was then the custom, about noon 
with a funeral feast, of which gammon, cakes, cheese, and punch 
were important features. This was followed by religious services, 
lasting until the sun had set, and when darkness had fairly set in, a 
cortege was formed. First came flambeau-bearers ; then the car- 
riers, four of whom bore the coffin upon their shoulders ; then fol- 
lowed the Wissahickon Brothers, chanting the De Profundus al- 


ternately with the Ephrata contingent, who sang a hymn especially 
composed for the occasion. The rear was brought up by the rela- 
tives, friends, and Germantown Brethren. 

It was an impressive and weird sight as the cortege, with its 
burden and flickering torches, filed with slow and solemn step down 
the old North Wales road. A walk of about a quarter of a mile 
brought them to a graveyard. It was merely a small field, half an 
acre in extent, which was divided from the road by a low stone 
wall and partly fenced off from the other fields by a rail fence. 
This ground was known as Der obere gemein Kirchoff (the upper 
common burying ground), and was free to all residents who had 
contributed towards the wall and fence, or such respectable white 
residents as paid a certain sum for opening the grave. The ground 
belonged to no particular congregation, nor was it consecrated 

Signatures of Alexander Mack, Johannes 
Mack, Valentine Mack, and Alexander 
Mack. Jr., reading from top to bottom, 
as they appeared on the ship list signed at 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1729. 

ground in the usual sense of the word. When the procession ar- 
rived at the grave, the sight was an inspiring one, worthy of the 
artist's brush; the hermits and brethren in their peculiar garb, with 
uncovered heads and long flowing beards, chanting their requiem ; 
the snow-covered ground ; the flickering torches ; the coffin upon its 
rude bier ; the black, yawning grave ; and the starlit canopy above. 
As the mourners surrounded the grave, another dirge was sung 
while the body was lowered into its resting place. Three clods 
were then thrown into the grave, a hollow sound reverberating in 
the night air as they struck the coffin. The ceremony was typical 
of the return of the body to dust whence it came. A number of 
Brethren then seized spades and then filled in the grave. When it 
was about half-filled, the torches were extinguished and thrown 


into the tomb and the filling proceeded with. After this the com- 
pany dispersed, and the body of Alexander Mack, founder of the 
Dunker denomination in America, was left to repose in its narrow 
cell until after the lapse of a century and a half, when the re- 
maining dust was tenderly removed to consecrated ground in the 
rear of the church of which he was the patriarch. Well may it be 
said that he now rests with his own people." 

There is pointed out in Germany today an old mill in which Alex- 
ander Mack is supposed to have worked in 1710. One of the prized 
possessions of Bridgewater College, of Bridgewater, Virginia, is 
one of Alexander Mack's Bibles. There are notes on the margin 
evidently made by the hand of the founder of the church. This 
book is well preserved and is kept in a glass-covered box and in a 
fireproof safe. He left this Bible to Alexander, Jr., who at his 
death in 1803 left it to the Germantown congregation. This con- 
gregation left it to Elder Philip Rothenberger, who left it to Elder 
Henry Kurtz in 1841. Elder Kurtz left it to his family at his 
death in 1874. Elder Jacob H. Kurtz came into possession of it and 
let Dr. John S. Flory have it for Bridgewater College in 1911. 

If we may retrace our steps, there is no doubt that various 
causes led to the untimely demise of the founder of the church. To 
see staunch friends led away by those ideas that were entirely for- 
eign to the former understanding of God's Word was discouraging. 
There was a sad state of affairs when Alexander Mack came to 
America. The Germantown and Coventry Brethren were faithfully 
following the true practices of the church. In the Conestoga coun- 
try Conrad Beissel and his followers had withdrawn, rebaptized 
themselves, formed a new community, observed Saturday as the 
Sabbath, and began to proselyte in the faithful congregations. 
Concerning the reception given to Alexander Mack, Peter Miller 
writes, "This reverend man would have well deserved to be re- 
ceived with arms of love by all the pious in common after all that 
he had suffered in Germany, especially from his own people." But 
Mack was a firm believer in the doctrines of the church and could 
not countenance innovations. He learned at Germantown of the 
strange conditions in the Conestoga country and his heart was 
saddened. He prayerfully resolved to visit his own people and to 
suspend fellowship, as the Germantown congregation had previous- 
ly done, with the followers of Beissel. 


In October 1730, Alexander Mack visited the members at 
Falkner's swamp, accompanied by several of the Brethren. Beissel, 
it seems, came to the same place at the same time and conducted 
services in the house of John Senseman. To this meeting Alexan- 
der Mack went, evidently for the purpose of opening a way for 
reconciliation. Mack made an address to the people in which he 
piously exclaimed, "The peace of the Lord be with you." To which 
Beissel replied, "We have the same peace." Mack proposed that 
both parties should betake themselves to prayer to ascertain which 

Alexander Mack's Seat. From a pen sketch by Miss Lola Binkley 
of Linwood, Maryland, for the author. 

"The entire combination constitutes a remarkable index to the 
character of its owner. In the center is the cross, which means 
sacrifice ; the heart means devotion, and placed on the cross, means 
sacrificed in devotion; the branches of the vine, mean fruit-bearing. 
Thus the seal reads: a devoted, fruit-bearing, sacrificed life. [low 
significantly true this is of the life of Alexander Mack!" 

— Elder G. N. Falkenstein, History of the German Baptist Breth- 
ren, p. 71. 


of them was guilty of the separation. Then Mack and his followers 
fell upon their knees and he offered up a fervent prayer. At the 
conclusion of the prayer Mack enquired the reason for the separa- 
tion. To which Beissel replied, censuring the Brethren for com- 
ing to the meeting, and refusing to consider their differences. 

At another time a visit was made to Ephrata in the hope of a 
reconciliation. But Beissel hid himself away and the meeting did 
not occur. It will be seen from this that the influence of Bishop 
Mack was exerted for a reconciliation on the ground of a confession 
and a return to the faith and practices of the church. 

Beissel would not accept the proffered terms. He later did offer 
to drop all differences, and to fellowship with the Brethren; but this 
could not be done for the reason that no confession of wrong was 
proposed, and hence union was impossible. Surely this hastened the 
end of him who had given his all for his Lord, his Church, and his 
Brethren. Evidently Beissel did not hold anything personal against 
the patriarch who had appealed to him to forget their differences 
and worship together as of yore, as he attended the funeral and 
took part in the obsequies. In his life, Alexander Mack exempli- 
fied the doctrine that his followers love, founded a church that has 
steadily grown to splendid proportions, and won the admiration and 
respect of numerous persons throughout the civilized world. In his 
death, he drew his sorrowing followers still closer to him and be- 
queathed to his people a rich legacy of truth. On the anniversary 
of his death let his Brethren recount his services, retell the story 
of his life, and rededicate themselves to the cause for which he lived, 
sacrificed, and died. He was not one who preached to others, for- 
getting his own household. We may infer that he was indeed a 
Christian father, from the circumstances that all his sons became 
pious, and were united to the church before they had completed 
their seventeenth year. What may seem somewhat remarkable, they 
all made public confession of religion in the seventeenth year of 
their age. Thus while we venerate his character, it is certain that 
he wished to be effaced, and that we should honor the Christ, and 
the church which he established. The founder was no doubt willing 
to be in the background of the system of faith and practice which 
he established. The years that have come down since his life and 
death have only added to the testimony of posterity to the staunch- 
ness of his character and the soundness of his principles. Each 


generation of his descendants has within its numerous ranks those 
who so fervently stand for the faith that they also are worthy of 
the name and lineage of the worthy founder and ancestor of the 
church. For over two hundred years since his passing, his de- 
scendants, both lineal and spiritual, have followed in the steps 
pointed out to them by the young man willing to be led of the Lord 
Jesus Christ. At the time of his baptism in the River Eder in 
Germany, he was only twenty-nine years of age. One may be per- 
mitted the thought that another young man approximately the same 
age went down into the waters of the Jordan and emerged to receive 
the blessing of the Father. His spiritual lineage has also stood 
staunch throughout the centuries. 

In concluding this chapter we may say that the great work of 
Alexander Mack was accomplished in Europe, but six years in 
America were long enough to impress his character on the life of 
the mother church. We shall grow in appreciation of Peter Becker, 
the first elder in America, as we grow in knowledge of the results 
of his faithful devotion to the church in the hour of great crisis. 
Elder Christopher Saur, the heroic sufferer for peace and for 
conscience' sake, will ever remain as an enduring monument to the 
cruel inhumanity of war and the astonishing injustice of our 
government in the confiscation of his property. In the lives of 
these great and good men, there was a striking self- forget fulness 
which would always exalt the cause of Christ and magnify His 
interests. The fullest embodiment of this spirit was in Alexander 
Mack himself, and perhaps it found its highest expression in the 
closing incident of his life when, as he was about to close his 
earthly career, he looked forward to the time when his work 
should fall into other hands. He called his sons to his bedside and 
said to them, "Now when I am gone, don't mark my resting place, 
or they might sometime want to erect a monument over my grave." 
In filial respect as dutiful sons, they protested against the idea that 
their honored father should sleep in a nameless grave. He listened 
to their appeal, and consented that they might place his initials on 
his gravestone. But the mere initials, "A. M." were meaningless to 
the passer-by, and in generations to come even his own descendants 
lost the grave, and so for one hundred and fifty-nine years, Alex- 
ander Mack slept in a nameless grave. Let us honor not only Alex- 
ander Mack, but also the memory of those other men of God by a 


faithful devotion of our lives to the cause for which they so nobly 
stood. They were sturdy men of energy; men of convictions, men 
of determination to sustain and defend their convictions ; devout 
men, God-fearing, trustful; men of faith, confident in Him whom 
they believed, Jesus the Christ. 

Alexander Mack was a firm believer in the doctrines of the 
church and would not countenance innovations. However, he was 
a very meek and humble man. His humbleness and meekness did 
not conceal his great wisdom and understanding of his fellow men. 
While he never antagonized any one, he held always firm to the 
faith he loved. He was not easily convinced in regard to any new 
doctrine, and looked with suspicion upon any new movements, 
and men at variance with the plain teachings of the Bible. On one 
occasion it is said that a preacher of unusual eloquence was can- 
vassing the country holding meetings among the Brethren although 
he was not a member of the Brethren Church. Finally this man 
came to the Germantown community. Here he drew a large audi- 
ence, including many of Bishop Mack's members. They gave such 
glowing accounts of the eloquent divine that Mack finally con- 
sented to hear him. At the close of the meeting Mack, on being 
asked what he thought, answered, "Oh, he might do very well for 
an army chaplain but not at all for a minister to a peace-loving 
people. I advise you not even to hear him." Some two weeks after 
this in Philadelphia a regiment, about to leave for a distant point, 
wanted a chaplain. The man whom Mack had characterized as 
suited for such work strangely enough went to the city, applied for 
the place, was accepted, and went along with the regiment. Thus 
was Mack's prediction fulfilled to the very letter. The founder of 
the church, enabled by wisdom and divine guidance to lay the 
foundation, has been proved by the centuries as being sound in 
every way. Time has put the stamp of approval upon his work. 
The only foundation was the old Book in all its simplicity. When 
his followers down through the years have followed closely in his 
footsteps, they have made progress and prospered as a people. 
When they have departed, innovations and difficulties have in- 
variably followed. Divisions have arisen, many times not upon 
what the Book said, but upon what some man thought it said, or 
some man thought it should have said. 

ALEXANDER MACK, Jr. (1712-1803) 

The sons of Alexander Mack were, Alexander, Jr., John Valen- 
tine, known in America as Valentine, and Johannes, or as he was 
known as John. Alexander, Jr., and likely the youngest, was horn 
in Schwarzenau, Germany, on January 25, 1712. He had the benefit 
of good educational advantages, and used them, though under the 
handicaps of the persecution meted out to the family. The times 
were difficult. In the year 1728 when the lad was sixteen years of 
age, he united with the church of his father. From the time of his 
becoming a member of the church, he manifested much zeal and 
activity. The next year he came with his father and brothers to 
Gennantown, Pennsylvania, where he was able to let his talents 
have full rein. From the time of his becoming a member of the 
church, he manifested great humility, and preferred to sign his 
name "Sander" instead of his full name which he considered too 
dignified. Being very industrious, as was typical of the German 
emigrant when he came to America, he learned a trade. The trade 
that appealed to him was that of a weaver. He was known far 
and wide for the quality of his work, and being as honest in indus- 
try as he was in his religious life, the stockings, caps, and various 
garments that came from his looms found ready sale. There is a 
possibility that the young man learned the trade from the good old 
Peter Becker. The work was kept up until the time of his death 
and then was carried on by William Dishong, wdio was the foreman 
of Flder Sander Mack's weaving establishment. It was the custom 
of those days to exchange goods, coin not being plentiful. There 
are records that he exchanged the products of his establishment 
with his good friend Martin Urner. Urner was a very successful 
farmer. Elder Urner writes in part to Alexander Mack, Jr., 
October 30, 1766, from Coventry: "Further I send you thirty-five 
bushels of ground corn and three bushels of wheat and ten pounds 
of butter. ... I hope to send you the other seventeen bushels of 
wheat soon." There is evidence of still other business between 
these two elders of the church as indicated by a letter written to 



Mack by Urner on October 31, 1771. He sends him twenty bushels 
of corn and fifteen bushels of wheat, ground, the corn at four 
shillings per bushel and the wheat at five shillings. The amount was 
to be credited on the account for stockings and dyed cloth. 

Alexander Mack, Jr., lived a very simple life. He had few 
wants to supply and saved as much as possible. He had the hope 
as he wrote his brother Valentine, that some day he could "eat my 
own bread, yet, under the blessings of God." There was evidence 
of his thrift in that at the time of his death he owned thirty acres 
of land near Germantown and twenty-three acres of near-by 

Upon the arrival of the family in America, the young man's 
greatest interest, the religious, was given full development. His 
greatest career was to be found in the work of the church, which 
had come into being, founded by his father four years before the 
birth of Alexander, Jr. Young Mack found much pleasure and 
spiritual gain not only for himself but also among the young un- 
married people to whom he gave such spiritual exhortation on 
Sunday afternoons. These people were members of the same con- 
gregation as the young exhorter. Shown by his work as one 
worthy of being advanced to a higher work, he was called to the 
ministry June 1, 1748. On June 10, 1753, he was advanced to the 
office of bishop by the laying on of hands, and the care of the 
church at Germantown was publicly given him. As to character he 
is represented as a sincere, good man, much given to retirement. As 
a preacher he was not a great orator, but with his pen, he was 
ready and eloquent. Among his talents was a special talent for 
poetry. There are numerous productions of his pen kept for 
posterity to enjoy. His work, however, is written in the German 
of the day. 

After the death of his father, the founder of the church, the 
young Alexander was greatly depressed. He concluded that he 
would die and made disposition of his property in a will. This was 
a very critical time in the young colonial church. There had been 
the Beissel disturbance, which, coupled with the loss of the 
founder so soon after coming to the shores of America, caused 
much discouragement. At this impressionable time in the life of 
the young Mack, one Stephen Koch took an interest in the one who 
was mourning the loss of his father. This man had some strange 


doctrines and naturally they were later reflected in the utterances 
of young Mack. In the year 1737 he joined Koch and a companion in 
establishing a small monastery on Wissahickon Creek. This was 
soon forsaken and in the year 1738, on March 21, Mack with a 
number of others joined the Ephrata Society in Lancaster County, 
Pennsylvania. However, this was not a surcease from spiritual 
unrest. Here he assumed the name of Brother Timotheus. How- 
ever, he learned that high walls could not shut out or imprison the 
thoughts of mankind. Neither did they make any changes in human 
nature. Beissel, who had caused his father so much grief, was 
the superintendent of the Ephrata institution, and Eckerlin, the 
prior, was ambitious to unseat Beissel and become superintendent 

It was very difficult for Mack to remain neutral in the contro- 
versy; so he sided in with Eckerlin, closely associating himself with 
him. The tension grew instead of being reduced. In 1744, Mack, 
Eckerlin, and two companions started on a journey, hoping that a 
change of scenery and faces would help settle the situation. They 
visited Amwell, New Jersey, Barnegat, by the sea, New London 
where their meetings were largely attended, and from there went on 
to New York. Here they were arrested on the supposition that they 
were Jesuits. However, a friend secured their liberation. Finally 
they returned to Ephrata where they found that the difficulties that 
had caused them so much grief before their departure remained to 
give them the same unfriendly greeting on their return. Eckerlin, 
disheartened and discouraged, faced westward, and states that he 
traveled "towards the setting sun four hundred miles." Whether 
Mack accompanied him, it is uncertain. If he did, he did not go 
far or remain long as he is shown by the records to have lived 
long enough in Germantown in 1748 to have won back the confi- 
dences of the people. His waywardness and restlessness, though 
not held against him, were not forgotten. He was appointed with 
Christopher Saur and given joint oversight of the Germantown 
congregation. This was an appointment on trial and lasted for five 
years. At the end of this time they were both ordained bishops by 
the laying on of hands. 

Alexander Mack, Jr., made an excellent bishop and served the 
church faithfully for over fifty years. Though quiet, reserved, 
guarding against the innovations of the world, he was still tender 


to the erring and had a warm heart for the penitent. He is said to 
have saluted an applicant for membership before baptism, calling 
him brother. Yet when an erring brother would not heed his 
pleadings, after a year of prayerful exhortation and labor, he would 
"set back" this one from the communion service. While he was 
not, from the standpoint of eloquence, a powerful preacher, his pen 
ministry was larger than that of any other member of the early 
colonial ohurch. Many of his letters have been preserved and re- 
flect the ideals and the spirit of the times. He was an author of 
prominence and defended well the doctrines of the Brethren in a 
number of able treatises. In addition to the aforementioned, he 
was one of the best of poets and hymn writers of the early church. 
He was always exceedingly thoughtful of the poor and never 
missed an opportunity of helping the needy everywhere. 

Between Alexander Mack, Jr., and Christopher Saur, or Sower, 
there were the most cordial of relations and good will. Their work 
together in the oversight of the Germantown congregation must 
have consisted of many years of mutual helpfulness and growth. 
This is indicated by the records in the .private diary of Christopher 
Saur of the religious work of Elder Mack. He gives the following 
list of persons baptized by Alexander Mack, Jr.: 

1749, March 26, Elizabeth Ganz. 

1750, May 3, Catherine Sharpnack, who became April 21, 1751, the 
wife of Elder Sower. 

1753, April 15, Sophia Schlingluff. 

1755, June 22, Anna Schreiber. 

1757, , Justus Fox. 

1758, July 22, William Dischang and Jacob Herman. 

1769, July 29, Susanna Becker and Christopher Sower, son of 
Elder Sower, and the third Christopher Sower, son of Elder Sower, 
and the third Christopher, who in 1758 became King's Printer and 
Deputy Post-Master General of Nova Scotia. 

1769, Sept. 3, Michael Keyser, Sarah Mack, Susanna Becker. 

1769, October 5, Peter Keyser and his wife Hannah, Johannis 
Schlingluff, Conrad Stamm, Henry Sharpnack and his wife Sarah, 
Elizabeth Roble [Reubly], Sister Send. 

1770, Sept. 3, D. Keiser and wife Hasel, Johannis Weber, William 

1770, Sept. 30, Julius Reubly and his wife Apollonia. 


1784, Sept. 19, Jacob Zeigler, Manuel Fox and his wife. 

1784, Oct. 24, Catherinie Sower. 

1785, Sept. 25, Nicholas Oliver, Benjamin Lehman, Peter Key- 
ser, Jr. 

While the above list is not at all large, it must be remembered 
that the work was shared with others. 

Alexander Mack, Jr., was a great letter writer. Many of his 
letters have been preserved. Perhaps one written to his brother 
Valentine will give an insight into the heart and mind of this early 
father of the church. Scarcely had Alexander Mack, Jr., entered 
upon his ministry at Germantown when his brother Valentine, a 
member of the Ephrata organization, wrote him an urgent appeal 
to return to Ephrata. Evidently Eckerlin had misjudged Alexan- 
der, Jr., and reported that he was anxious to return to Ephrata. The 
letter written to his brother Valentine shows that Eckerlin was 
mistaken. The letter is given in full : 

In Christ Jesus our only High Priest and Redeemer: 

Beloved Brother Valentine: — May the new Eternal Covenant 
of Grace and of Peace, which God has established with us in the 
Blood of the Lamb by the Water-baptism in the Word of Salva- 
tion, live and be verdant in thy soul and mine for Life Eternal, and 
make me and thee healthy in the Faith and in the Love of Jesus 
and of His members, Amen. Amen. 

I have duly received thy writing, dated June 27th, and have 
kindly and lovingly accepted the expression of thy love which 
manifests itself in the same writing. But until now I have not 
been able to give thee an answer — for where a poor man sits with a 
rich man in a game, the rich man can and will take care that the 
poor one does not win any thing from him, and although I might 
begin today to suffer by the loss which I have suffered, it would 
indeed be none too early. I have now for almost twenty years been 
tried in various manners and ways in the paths of the heavenly 
calling and have given many proofs of my childish ignorance. Tt 
will for once be high time that I should learn the tenth command- 
ment a little better so that in a spiritual sense I should not be 
covetous of my neighbor's goods ; and, although nothing belongs to 
me and the utmost poverty is my share, I ought to like this much 
better than to shine in the raiments of others. 

However, 1 heartily wish that this simple letter should please 
thee as a cheerful answer ; for, although I possess nothing and can 
do nothing, yet the snark of love urges me now to give answer to 
thee in simplicity of heart. 


For the first — Brother Eckerlin has not understood me rightly, 
for I have no mind to move again to the new station ; unless it 
should be clearly ordained thus by Divine Providence, and I be 
more strongly convinced of it than I have ever yet been convinced of 
any change. 

For the second- -That Brother Heinrich Muller has such a poor 
view of the life of the Brethren in the new station is not a great 
wonder to me and does not give me any different ideas of it than I 
entertained before, for just as much as he has praised it above the 
measure, just so much must he now despise it above the measure; 
and when, after this, he hits the right measure he has cause to 
ascribe such to the infinite mercy of God and not to his own mind. 
For it is easy for mankind to err, now by praising, now by fault- 
finding; but when we begin to learn to know our own hearts, we 
cheerfully leave all things just as they are, as we know we can make 
them neither better nor worse. 

And for the third — That thou wilt receive me into thy bouse for 
love's sake, would be very acceptable; for any one who needs a 
lodging in Germantown must pay money, yet God takes care also 
of those who have nothing. I have, thank God, so far been able to 
eat my own bread, yet, under the blessing of God. 

What you at last write — That I had nothing to fear for myself 
from the brethren in Ephrata, since they enter every day more 
into the divine simplicity and childlikeness, that is pleasant to me 
to hear. As you say, 1 shall not need to he afraid of them in 
Germantown either, for here I am farther away from them than 
if I were living with you. 

But perfect love drives out fear, and he who has fear still, is not 
complete in love. But that the pent up stream of grace and love of 
God, as you report, soon, soon may cover the entire earth like the 
waters of the sea, that expects and desires with thee, with all his 

Thy humble fellow pilgrim. 

Sander Mack. 
Germantown, the 29th of August, 1748. 

It must be kept in mind that the above is a translation of the 
original German in which the letter was written. The Macks all 
spoke the German down to the fifth generation. 

As an indication of the writing of Alexander Mack, Jr., we have 
that which was written at the death of his bosom companion and 
friend, Elder Christopher Sower. When he was buried on August 
27, 1784, Elder Mack, too sorely stricken to speak at the funeral, 
composed for the service this touching and beautiful hymn. 
Now breaks the earthly house in twain, 
Nor can this mortal frame decay ; 


The pilgrimage is brought to end. 
Now can the spirit fly away. 
The soul at last has overcome. 
Through Jesus was the vict'ry won. 

Now unto Jesus will I go, 

Who died for me, as mortals die ; 

And found for me, through pain and woe, 

A place, a refuge, in the sky. 

He has for me a better house, 

In store prepared, above the clouds. 

Shed not so many tears for me, 

My friends and my companions dear ; 

You can believe, I now am free, 

From every mortal care and fear. 

O ! look unto the Lamb once slain, 

Through whom vqu can redemption gain. 

My staff through life, I leaned upon 

Was longing for a patient faith ; 

For Jesus spake unto my soul, 

From all my debt a full relief, 

Like frost, when touched at op'ning day, 

By sunlight, quickly melts away. 

Speak not of others' worthiness, 

But only of what Jesus done; 

The world with all its vanities, 

Can never save a single one. 

Redemption has appeared to men, 

Through Jesus' grief, and dying pain. 
As early as January 28, 1772, the anniversary of his birth, he 
composed a hymn of praise to Almighty God for His loving and 
preserving care. He continued this custom almost without inter- 
ruption on each succeeding anniversary until the year of his deatli 
1803. Altogether he wrote twenty-three of these remarkable poems. 
The last ones were written in 1800, 1801, and 1802. They arc 
remarkable evidences of mental and spiritual vigor at the age of 


ninety years. The birthday hymn composed for his natal day- 
January 28, 1800, follows. 

Now have eighty-eight years 
Of my mortal life gone by; 
Faith has taught me steadfastly 
For a future life to wait. 
If doubts come to assail me, 
My Jesus will not fail me 
The scorned crown of thorns 
He will grant me as my reward. 

— Alexander Mack. 
It will be kept in mind that the hymns were written in the Ger- 
man and the beauty of the German was sacrificed for a literal ren- 
dering in English. When another year of life had been given to the 
jji aged patriarch of the church, he sits in calmness and meditation and 

S writes in January 1801. 

Every night brings a new day, 
Each day has its own care, 
Till evening, say, "For tomorrow 
God Himself will tenderly care." 
Rejoice then and take new courage, 
God does all things well and right. 

— Sander Mack, aged 89 years. 
As the calendar year comes to a close the aged elder takes his 
pen in hand and on December 27 composes another hymn. 
Jesus, name,so heavenly fair, 
Turns to sweetness the bitter waters, 
Source of light so merciful, 
Come, destroy the darkness now ! 
Jehovah, a firm rock will stand, 
When earthly things must pass away. 
Justice is His castle strong, 
Upon which rock is set His throne. 
Righteousness His right hand gives, 
At His left the Sword is sharpened. 
He who seeks his refuge in God's house 
Let him cast all evil from his heart. 

— Written by Sander Mack's own hand. 


The last hymn written in honor of his birthday and as a thanks 
expression to his Maker was written January 28, 1802, and follows. 
Before the mountains were made 
And the world was created, 
God loved the Gates of Zion, 
Just as now and forevermore. 
And out of pure loving 
He has written us in the book of life. 
Whoever signs his name thereto, 
Will remain in blessed state. 
The poor pilgrim whom the mercy of God has sustained unto 
his ninetieth year has written this yet with his own hand. 

— Sander Mack. 

The Church of the Brethren in Germantown stands upon ground 
rich in history. This was made possible by Alexander Mack, Jr., 
and other men of his day. The ground on which the church stands 
was originally given to a man by the name of Pettikoffer, a member 
of the church, but a man possessed of little of this world's goods. 
By begging, he was enabled to secure sufficient funds to erect a 
dwelling upon the ground given him by Peter Scbilbert. Petti- 
koffer and his wife finally went to Ephrata where his wife died. 
Later Peter Schill>ert was able to get back the half acre of ground. 
On August 12, 1760, this was deeded to Christopher Saur, Alex- 
ander Mack, Jr., Peter Leibert, and George Schreil>er, as trustees. 
Thus the Pettikoffer house and eighty rods of ground for a burial 
place were given in trust for the German Baptist Brethren Church 
of Germantown forever. 

It was necessary to remodel the house in order to use it as a 
place of worship. The partitions were removed and the Brethren 
used this until 1770 when the increased membership required a 
larger house. On the same lot, and in the rear of the Pettikoffer 
house a substantial stone meetinghouse was begun and completed 
in the same year. 

The members of the church gave the entire amount required 
for the construction of their place of worship. The building is of 
stone and is still standing. Two additions have been built to it in 
the two centuries since the construction of the original building. 
The original building was about thirty-two feet square, with an 



attic in which were stored the materials needed for the conducting 
of the love feasts. The attic was reached by a stairway on the out- 
side. This has long been removed and the doorway to it is still 
identified by the stone work. Rev. George N. Falkenstein was 
called on May 16, 1897, to dedicate an addition to the original struc- 
ture. This addition was the gift of Jacob Z. Davis, a direct de- 
scendant of Alexander Mack. Elder Martin Brumbaugh preached 
the dedicatory sermon. Since then another addition has been 
added to the second. The approach to the cemetery is through a 
driveway under this section. Alexander Mack, Jr., is honored by 
having his name inscribed upon a large plate in the original struc- 
ture. During the dark days of the Revolutionary War when the 
Brethren suffered much because of their nonresisting principles, 
the property of Elder Christopher Saur was confiscated. Saur was 


Germantown, Pa., Church of the Brethren. Original church in America with additions in two later centuries. 


one of the trustees of the church property and the church narrowly 
escaped confiscation. The property was seized but the two trustees 
with Saur, Fox, and Leibert were able to convince the officers that 
the ground did not belong to Saur but to the congregation. After 
much uncertainty as to outcome, the building was finally spared, 
though they made free use of about everything that was loose. Dur- 
ing the battle of Germantown, the cavalry were quartered in the 
yard back of the church. Later this same yard that had resounded to 
the tramp of the horses and the language of the soldiers became the 
cemetery. Christopher Saur at that time was using the loft, or attic 
of the church, to store unbound copies of his Bible. The soldiers 
made free use of these and used page after page of this valuable 
material for bedding for their horses. The ground was not used for 
a cemetery until after a scourge of yellow fever swept Philadelphia. 
Then the Brethren opened their grounds for burials and the cemetery 
was begun in 1793. 

When Alexander Mack was nearing his thirty-seventh birthday, 
he married Elizabeth Nice, daughter of William Nice. This im- 
portant event happened on New Year's Day 1749. To this union 
were born two sons and six daughters. 

The first child who came to bless the home made his appearance 
on October 31, 1749, and was given the name of William. More 
about this child will be told later. Anna Maria was born October 29, 
1752. She was married June 6, 1769, and died April 5, 1770, "after 
spending ten months, less one day, in the sorrowful state of matri- 
mony." Death was due to child birth. She left an infant son whom 
Alexander Mack named Jonas. This child died July 31, 1770, aged 
"four months and eleven hours." The name of Anna Maria's hus- 
band is not known. 

Sarah Margareta was born December 23, 1753. She married 
Jacob Zeigler February 2, 1776. She was baptized September 3, 
1769, and died September 8, 1799. To them was born a son on Sat- 
urday, December 7, 1776. 

Hannah was born September 10, 1755. She married Adam 
Weaver, August 27, 1775. To them was born a son on June 18, 
1776, whom they named Alexander for his grandfather. The son 
died May 11, 1795. 

Alexander was born January 18, 1758, and his father records as 
follows : "1760, March 26, he has been recalled from us by tem- 



poral death, and has joined my dear father and mother in eternal 
rest and blessedness." 

Lydia was born Sunday, January 4, 1761 and was married to Deil- 
man Kolb in 1779. To them were born three children, Jacob, Re- 
becca, and Elizabeth. Deilman Kolb died December 14, 1785. She 
was married the second time to Jacob Lentz, a Philadelphia baker. 

Elizabeth, horn May 2, 1763, died of smallpox May 29, 1770. 

Anna Margaretha, born July 31, 1765, was named for her Grand- 
mother Mack. She was married to Emmanuel Fox July 22, 1784. 

Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren near Linwood, Md. 

To them was born, September 22, 1797, a daughter, Maria. This 
daughter was "summoned home and fell asleep October 22, 1798." 

Elizabeth Nice, who became the wife of Alexander Mack, Jr., 
was born September 5, 1726, and died May 6, 1811. She is buried 
in the Germantown cemetery between the graves of Alexander 
Mack, the founder of the church, and his son Alexander, Jr., her 

There are various stories or traditions passed down from gen- 
eration to generation in the family. The grandson of Alexander 
Mack, Jr., Jacob, who will be mentioned in greater detail later, 


told the grandfather of the writer the following incident relative 
to Alexander, Jr., his grandfather. Since he, Jacob, was thirty 
years of age at the time of the death of his illustrious grandfather 
and very proud of his ancestors, he treasured the experiences told 
him, which he experienced or witnessed. Alexander Mack, Jr., had 
a habit of wearing a silk morning gown in his labors around the 
house. The deacons of the Germantown Church thought this was 
too fine a gown and would make him proud ; so they went to visit 
him concerning the wearing of this expensive garment. He was 
wearing it and hoeing in the garden when they arrived upon their 
self-imposed task of censuring him. When they came to the garden, 
he wiped the dust from his hands on the skirt of the gown and 
shook hands with them. This was too much for them, and, chastened 
and meekened, they returned and reported to the church that he 
was not proud of that gown, for they would not have wiped their 
hands even on their cotton gowns. Skating was one of the common 
sports of the times. When Sunday came, the aging patriarch would 
be placed in a chair which was prepared for use on the ice. One of 
the active young men, sometimes a grandson, would strap on his 
skates and, taking a firm grasp on the upright arms of the chair, 
proceed to propel it on the ice to the point nearest the church. 

Martin Urner, one of the early members of the Germantown 
Church, was a very successful farmer and a bosom friend of Alex- 
ander Mack. He was also interested in the advancement of the 
cause and is said to have purchased land in Pipe Creek Valley, 
Carroll County, Maryland, between the towns of Union Bridge and 
Xew Windsor. While he never laid eyes upon this land, his nephew 
Martin Urner did. Here the Pipe Creek Church was organized in 
175S. In 1778 the Brethren held their annual meeting here. Alex- 
ander Mack, Jr., corresponded with some from this community 
after the meeting. This would lead to the possibility that he was 
in attendance at the meeting of 1778. He was then in the prime of 
life at the age of sixty-six and accustomed to travel. The brethren 
must have liked very much the Pipe Creek Brethren as they held 
six annual meetings at this location up to and including 1830. 

It is likely that no man in the early colonial church had as wide 
a circle of correspondents as did Alexander Mack, Jr. Among the 
men of his time, there was a fellow laborer who was like a brother 
in the flesh to him. This one was John Price, progenitor of many 


of the Prices of the Tunker faith. The love between them was said 
to be like the love that existed between David and Jonathan. A 
number of letters written to him have been preserved. One that 
should be of special interest in these days when the war clouds over- 
bang our country, and no man knows the morrow, is the one written 
to John Price in the spring of 1775 during the days of the Revolu- 
tionary War. If we are too far from this to sense the difficulty for 
those who were conscientiously opposed to war, perhaps the letter 
will bring back to mind the difficulty of the times. There are 
those living today who well remember the days of the first World 
War, when men, guilty of nothing, except opposition to the taking 
of life, were confined in felons' cells and meted the most horrible 
of tortures that would not have been out of place in the dark ages. 
The letter written by the aged patriarch of the church is given in 

(March 11, 1775.) 
In Jesus the Lover of Our True Life, 

Heart's-much-beloved Brother: — I have duly received thy 
dear little letter, but I cannot know yet if I will be able to come to 
the next Great Meeting. I have been speaking to Brother Chris- 
topher Sower to enquire if he meant to go. He then had no mind 
to go, but if I should succeed to persuade him I would gladly stav 
home myself this time, according to the body, but according to the 
spirit I would be therein heartfelt love and "well-wishing." But if 
it should happen nevertheless, that he insisted on his refusal to go 
along, and if it should be convenient for me to go, I would first 
like to have his own and the Brethren's consent before starting on 
the journey ; therefore I cannot yet say with certainty whether I 
shall come or not. 

What concerns Brother Cornelius Nice, I have to state that he 
has had his name registered for drilling and that he seeks to with- 
draw as much as possible from the Communion and does not like 
to hear himself called Brother. To Brother Christopher Sauer he has 
refused the kiss when be spoke to him, and when I heard of it and 
also spoke to him, I did not offer him the kiss so as to indicate that 
he were as good as expelled already; yet I wanted to show him 
some patience in case he should perhaps feel repentance. I have 
asked him if he would resent it when I should pray for him, but 
he said no, he would like me to do it. Then I advised him to try for 
himself if he still could pray. 

My impression of this period is, that it indicates the beginning of 
the time of trouble of which Christ speaks: That we must indeed 
not be frightened, but yet must be on our guard before men. Yet 
1 am not sure the best guarding consists in our trying to walk with 


a good conscience, both before God and man, and that we show our 
gentleness to everybody, for the Lord is near. He was, as the 
Scripture says, not in the wind, nor in the earthquake, nor in the 
fire, yet He was near, and in still, soft, gentle rustling ; when this 
was heard Elias covered his face with his mantle and went out to 
meet the Lord. And since we are not able to know the hour of our 
departure from this sphere, so may the merciful good God give us 
to watch and pray that we may become worthy to escape from all 
that is to come, and to stand before the Son of Man. It is indeed 
near at hand, the great blessedness of the last time; but I do not 
expect it fully in this life which is subject to so many deaths, but I 
hope for a better life which is eternal. The beginnings of the trou- 
ble and the travail are in this life, and the hour of temptation ends 
and fulfills itself in the break of this life, but then in the other life 
we shall see what sort of a child has been born to us. Therefore 
Christ says we shall not fear those who may kill the body but can 
do more than that. 

What concerns me and mine, we are all pretty well. With a 
hearty greeting and a loving kiss I commend thee to God and the 
word of His mercy, who is powerful to edify us and to give us the 
inheritance with all those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, Amen. 

Friendly greetings to thy dear parents and brothers, and also to 
the beloved members whom thou mayest meet on thy journey in 
case they should ask for me, it might be that tomorrow I should 
write a little more to my Brother Johannes, yet I cannot tell if I 
shall be able. My dear wife and children send friendly greetings. 
I remain your humble yet faithful fellow-brothej-, 

Sander Mack. 
Creyfelt, the 11th March, 1775. 
To the Beloved Brother Johannes Preisz, 
To be opened with his own hands. 

Men are sometimes known by the letters they write. In this man- 
ner the character of Alexander Mack can be discerned without any 
difficulty at all. In the year 1798 there came a difference of opinion 
with one of his fellow elders in the church, Elder John Price. The 
matter seemed to be over the matter of religious persecution. A 
number of letters were exchanged between these two brethren. One 
of them written by Alexander Mack to Elder Price is a model of 
Christian charity. This is indeed an indication of the kindly spirit 
of the aged patriarch of the early church. Perhaps had this spirit 
been adhered to closer in later years, the history and progress of 
the Brethren people would be read with less chagrin. The letter 


Tenderly Beloved Brother, Dear and Esteemed Fellow-Pil- 
grim, Johannes Preisz : — 

Besides a hearty greeting and a kiss in the spirit of upright broth- 
erly love I, according to thy desire, herewith return to thee thy 
letter. I have indeed read thy letter repeatedly in the fear of the 
Lord t and I cannot say that all the texts which thou hast quoted 
cause me such an impression as I understand they have caused you. 
But what am I to say ? 

The flowers in the garden are quiet and at peace. Although one 
is decked in blue, another in red, and another in white, they serenely 
praise their Maker and in entire harmony laud the manifold wisdom 
of the Being of all beings. They praise Thee, Lord, in the stillness 
of Zion ! 

In this past night the youngest child of my youngest daughter has 
departed from the body of death and has passed from the land of 
mortals over the stream that has no bridge to the land of the living. 

This child has accomplished its entire life's journey in thirteen 
months, while I by now have been journeying for eighty-six years 
and seven months, and have not yet crossed the Jordan ; but what 
God does, is well done; and it does not depend upon anyone's run- 
ning or racing, but alone upon God's mercy. 

P. S. — I have not told any one in our neighborhood that a dispute 
had occurred between thee and 'myself, and have not shown thy 
letter to any one. The Lord has called me for peace. That same 
peace which passeth all understanding, keep our hearts and minds 
in Christ Jesus, Amen, Amen. 

Written at Creyfelt, in my hut, the 23rd of October, 1798, by thy 
weak brother and fellow-pilgrim. 

Sander Mack. 

In the year 1780, Elder John Price married Elizabeth Weidner, 
the daughter of Lazarus Weidner, a Mennonite preacher. There 
was a ruling against the Mennonites marrying outside the church. 
When this marriage took place, the young lady who had defied the 
traditions of the church, was expelled from fellowship with her 
church. The interest and interceding of Alexander Mack in this 
case also gives us an insight into the mind of this man of strength, 
wisdom, and love. 

The letter written to the father of the young lady by Alexander 
Mack is given. 

December, 1780. 
Lazarus Weidner, 

Dear Friend : — It has been reported to me that thou hast cast thy 
daughter out of the congregation because she has married my dear 
Brother, Johannes Preisz. In the hope that thou mightest be pre- 
pared to give a reason to any one who demand a reason of the hope 


that is in thee, 1 find myself compelled in childlike love to lay a few 
questions before thee : 

First Question. — Is it possible that thou canst do this thing and 
yet remain a preacher of the Gospel ? 

Second Question. — Dost thou perhaps consider my dear Brother 
Johannes Preisz an unbeliever? Why so? John the Apostle says, 
we know that we have come from death unto life if we love the 
brethren. Whoever does not have this love remains in death. 

My much-beloved friend, should it not be pleasing to thee to 
answer my questions, then I hope thou wilt surely try to answer 
them in some measure to thy own conscience. 

I shall try to remain a good friend and well wisher, 

Sander Mack. 

His sympathy for those who were misunderstood and unfortunate 
was well known. Perhaps in this modern age we might sense a 
spirit of leniency toward his fellow men that could well be emulated. 
Besides the letters quoted he was also the author of a number of 
valuable works that will not be included in this production. 

In the early church there were some different opinions regarding 
the rite of feet washing. A double mode and a single mode were 
used. The second Alexander Mack always favored the single mode 
and did not allow any other practice in the Germantown Church. 
On his deathbed he charged his successors to adhere to the single 
mode. Elder John Fox in 1871 wrote, "I am now eighty-five years 
old and feel that my days are few. I have been a member of the 
Brethren Church at Germantown and Philadelphia for fifty-nine 
years. My parents were members of the mother church in Ger- 
mantown. I well remember, when but a boy, of being led by the 
hand of my father and mother to the love feast and communion at 
Germantown. I very distinctly recollect seeing Brother Peter Keyser 
wash and wipe my Grandfather Alexander Mack's feet and Brother 
Alexander Mack would wash and wipe Brother Keyser's feet. I 
remember this well for I was eighteen years old when my grand- 
father died. And that has been the custom down to the present day in 
the church at Germantown, and who can doubt that my grandfa- 
ther, Alexander Mack, who was the presiding elder at the time, 
received it direct from his father who was the first elder the German 
Baptist Church had." 

The noonday of life had passed for the son of the founder; the 
evening time granted him was longer than that granted to the aver- 
age man. The last winter of his life was passed in his house with 


occasional trips to the public services which he so long attended 
and so feelingly conducted. The congregation must have with sym- 
pathy witnessed the tottering steps of the aged patriarch as he slow- 
ly made his way to the ministers' bench in the little stone meeting- 
house. His lifework was finished, yet he lingered a little longer <o 
comfort his followers and plead for Christian charity. Soon after 
the arrival of the new year 1803, he was obliged to give up all out- 
door activity. Even though he was by weakness unable to take his 
accustomed place in the church, he was still able to plead for the 
poor widow at the door. His last letter was written to the congre- 
gation in behalf of a poor widow named Stierli from Philadelphia. 

It appears that this old widow had been a member of the con- 
gregation and had fallen away. She came in the fall and begged 
to be received again, but was refused "for the reason of her change- 
able nature, and her still too great ingratitude." He describes her as 
a "poor, needy, weak, and with several boils on her head, badly 
suffering widow, who lies before our door and craves to nourish 
herself with the crumbs that fall from our table." Although the 
congregation did not receive her into the Widows' Home, an insti- 
tution that had long been maintained by the congregation, a few 
brethren at the Thursday's meeting agreed to give her "during these 
hard times" a quarter of flour every month. Elder Mack adds, "I 
would have been better pleased had they added a pound of butter." 
He expresses the hope that when the New Year's Day shall have 
come, the brethren would add that pound of butter. The day came 
and the brethren took away the quarter of Hour from the old lady. 
"Then my thoughts stood still. The reflections on this subject have 
gradually in this New Year plunged my soul into sorrow." He 
could not rest. A few members were called to his room and as a 
result he announces, "that on next Saturday a quarter of good 
flour and a pound of good butter" shall go to the old widow. He 
closes this appeal with the words, "Whoever among the brethren is 
sure in his mind that the widow belongs in the 'House for the 
Poor' to him God will give so much wisdom that he can persuade her 
to make the request to be received therein. Until then she lies at 
our door." .. ; . | 

His will provides that his wife shall enjoy the income from his 
estate, and at her death he bequeathed to four daughters and his 
daughter-in-law, pr to the children of them, all his estate real and 


personal, share and share alike; and appoints his wife and his son- 
in-law, Emmanuel Fox, his executors. At the time of his death he 
owned thirty acres of land in Germantown and Springfield Town- 
ship. Upon this stood his dwelling. He also owned twenty-three 
acres of timber land in Springfield Township, adjoining the lands 
of John Huston and others. Thus is seen that he was not a poor 
man and his frugality enabled him to possess enough of this world's 
goods for his few needs. 

As the steps of the aging patriarch became fewer and weaker, 
though when he was ninety years of age he took long walks, he 
realized that his departure was near at hand. So strongly impressed 
was he with the date of his death that he composed his own epitaph 
and noted on it the year of his death, 1802, leaving the month and 
day blank. He lived only a few months beyond the day he noted, 
though it brought it over into another year. He who had been ac- 
customed to visiting far and wide now found that he could with 
difficulty visit even his own kindred. The family of his daughter 
Hannah Weber who lived near by in Germantown was seldom 
visited. But one day late in the year 1802, on a Sunday after the 
church services, he went to her home for dinner. After he had 
spent some time with her he called her aside and gave her a slip of 
paper containing in his own hand the following lines, and said to 
her, "This is now my last visit with you. My time has come. When 
I am gone, see to it that the lines written here are placed on my 
grave stone." His epitaph composed by himself is given here. 

Who made us 
Out of dust 

And again 
to dust returns us, 
He will show 
His Wisdom's plan. 
When we awake 
To bear His likeness. 

Alexander Mack was born 1712 

And fell asleep 1802[3] 


90[1] years [1 month and 20 days] 


During his brief sickness lie was visited by a number of his fel- 
low laborers, whom he very feelingly admonished to be faithful in 
the discharge of their various duties, and he grieved over several 
deviations which were creeping into use, especially in that of feet 
washing, which distressed him so much that he charged them with 
his last expiring breath to be faithful to the pattern which Christ 
gave us. His last words were, "Now journey I toward the morning ; 
who will accompany, let him prepare himself hastily." 

Thus on March 20, 1803, the aged man of God passed from life 
to eternity. Life for him had been long and useful ; he had lived 
not for self but for others. He gave himself a servant's duties, but 
they lifted him above those who served for selfish glory and honor. 
Kind and loving hands prepared his body for its last resting place. 
Friends and relatives mourned his passing. The grave was dug in 
the Germantown cemetery back of the stone church which he had 
helped to build and which he had served so faithfully for nearly 
fifty-five years. No doubt there was a feeling among the faithful 
left to mourn him that a mighty man of Israel had fallen. His widow 
Elizabeth was left to carry on and on May 6, 1811, she closed her 
eyes upon the scenes of this earth at the ripe old age of eighty-four 
years, eight months, and one day. Loving hands also made a place 
for her by the side of her husband back of the church which she 
also loved and served. Those who so tenderly laid her away, bath- 
ing her grave with their tears, little dreamed that in a little over 
eighty years there should be placed by her side the dust of her 
father-in-law, Alexander Mack, to await with the resurrection of 
the saints. 

The obituary, or epitaph, which Alexander Mack, Jr., wrote is 
engraved upon the stone that stands at the head of his grave. The 
correction as to his age and the exact date of his death was given. 

Alexander Mack, Jr., was interested in the inventions of the day. 
The first type made in America was made in 1772 or 1773 by Saur. 
Alexander Mack was interested in it and wrote a poem of 100 stanzas 
upon the occasion. He ended it with a footnote reading, "Printed 
with the first type ever cast in America." 

Here are appended a few of the numerous letters written by this 
great letter writer of his day. They give an insight into his char- 
acter and greatness. These letters have of course been translated 
from the German. 


Let the love of Christ encourage us, that we may not neglect by 
too great sleepiness our best interests, for it is written, "Hold fast 
that which thou hast that no man take thy crown." 
My Much Beloved Brother: 

Our last conversation has caused me many reflections. We have 
conversed together about some literal mistakes [in words] which 
were committed by some friends unknown to me in attending to a 
human baptismal ceremony. But after you had gone, and 1 had 
come to myself again in my solitude the spirit of my conscience 
said unto me: What is that to thee? It is the old way with God, to 
mark all human works, especially such as intended for divine serv- 
ice, with multitude of mistakes. We poor men, however, try to 
adorn our doings, that God should be merciful unto us. But the 
Lord throws His net over us, and maketh us His game, and when 
we humble ourselves, He saves us out of pure mercy. 

What this [unknown] friend has said: "Jesus was baptized at 
Jordan," is of course not according to truth. For the holy Evan- 
gelist Matthew testifies that Jesus came up out of the water (Matt. 
8:16) and Mark testifies, that "Jesus was baptized of John in Jor- 
dan" (Mark 1 :9). And in verse 10 he says, "And straightway com- 
ing up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened." As Matthew 
witnesseth, that Jesus came up out of the water, so Mark testifies 
that also John came out of the water, from which it is proved, what 
cannot be contradicted, that they were both in the water of Jordan 
when Jesus was baptized. Now he that will say that Jesus was bap- 
tized at Jordan, says with such words nothing at all or a secret 

But one that wishes to sell bis wares at a higher price than they 
are worth, cannot bind himself so strictly to the truth. If such a 
friend would come to me, and would wish to enter with me into a 
conversation about his baptismal ceremony, then I believe it would 
be my duty to be ready to give an answer to every man that asketh 
me a reason for the hope that is in me, with meekness and fear. 
But with one, that lias not put out anything in writing, by which 
the truth might be weakened, I for my part feel no obligation to 
obtrude myself in writing. 

That therefore those of our dear friends, who have borrowed 
their baptismal ceremonies from the spirit of this world, are to be 
ashamed of the truths, when they observe them, is no wonder, for 
if they should confess the truth too freely, they would lose their 
credit with the world and even with their own brethren and mem- 
bers. But we, who have publicly and of our own free will promised 
to be faithful to the doctrine of Christ, and so to remain unto death, 
we have great cause to examine ourselves whether we are not some- 
times, without cause, too much ashamed of the precious words of 

Dear Brother, Hast thou dealt faithfully with thy dear sister? 
Hast thou represented to her in a brotherly manner the great dan- 


ger to which every one is exposed who submits to commandments of 
men, bows before them, and receives them upon his knees, just as 
if Jesus Christ had thus commanded? See, my dear heart's brother, 
if thou hast done this, thou hast done according to my view, what 
was thy duty to do. But if thou hast not done it, then we might 
also be induced to ask, Why hast thou neglected thy duty? Was it 
you perhaps, that was ashamed of the truth yourself? 

Sander Mack. 

Creyfeld, April 24, 17 — |The figures of the year were not legible] . 

"The name of the Lord is an ointment poured forth" (Cant. 1 :3). 
In this same lovely and blessed name of Jesus I wish you peace and 
My Dead Bkother: 

I have received and read thy letter, and been rejoiced that the 
Lord is so gracious and has so lovingly invited thee to His Heavenly 
Marriage. O my beloved in the Lord, despise not thou the chasten- 
ing of tie Lord, especially since He looketh upon thee so kindly, 
and giveth thee to know thy sinful state, — and at the same time 
comforteth thy heart by a good resolution to seek a better life by 
the grace of Lord. 

I may well say that I have no greater joy than when I see and 
hear, that men are drawn in their youth to God. Oh, what a glory ! 
But when they actually come, and are faithful through the grace of 
God, then there is still greater glory. I have read the lines from 
thy hand with tears of joy, and from my heart I wish that when 
the Lord shall raise thee up again entirely, and restore thy health, 
thy resolution may be renewed in a sound heart. Still more I desire 
and pray that the Lord may fully carry out the work which He 
has begun in thee, even to thy and thy parents' joy, and to the joy 
and consolation of all those that esteem highly the work of the Lord. 

I do not intend to write much at this time until you may write me 
aga : n a few lines, or perhaps I may soon visit thee, where, the Lord 
willing and we living, we may converse together by word of mouth. 
Meanwhile I wish you from the heart the blessing of God and the 
rich communication of His grace and divine power to thy resolu- 
tion, together with my heartfelt salutation unto thee. Pray, salute 
thy dear parents heartily in my behalf. I am thy humble brother 
and fellow pilgrim. 

Sander Mack. 
Creyfeld, 24th November, 1772. 

P. S. My dear wife sends also her love, and both my children send 
greeting. This has been written in haste with a used up pen ; hence 
you will have some trouble to read it. 
In our crucified Jesus much beloved brother. 

In this our Immanuel ! I wish you from my heart all the conso- 
lation of love according" to the good pleasure of our God in the 
knowledge of our Saviour, who has died for our sins, and is raised 
again for our righteousness. I have received thy loving letter, and 


read it in compassionate love, wherein I found in the first place the 
solicitude of thy love, that none of us might be found like the wicked 
servant (Matt. 18:32) in that day. Since, as thou hast well remark- 
ed, that day draweth nigh, in which we shall be revealed before the 
judgment seat of Jesus Christ. 

To escape this great calamity we have great cause to supplicate 
Jesus, the true light of the world, to give us a single eye, that our 
body may be full of light, and we may follow Him, the true light 
of the world, and not walk in darkness. "For if thine eye be evil, 
thy whole body shall be full of darkness," says the mouth of truth, 
and in such darkness man loses his trust in God, and can find no 
pleasure nor taste any more in denying himself, whence has to 
come all spiritual profit and growth in goodness. 

Hence the Lord says: "If any man will come after me, [will be 
my follower or disciple], let him deny himself and take up his 
cross daily, and follow me." O my beloved, he that walketh thus in 
simplicity, walketh securely. May the Lord enlighten the eyes of 
our understanding, that in no case may we miss the footsteps of our 
good shepherd. What other things you mention such as you have 
no assurance yet, that your sins are forgiven you, this is no bad sign : 
for God has reserved this right for Himself in His own wisdom, love 
and power, when, how and where He will give to a repenting sinner 
the assurance, that his sins are entirely forgiven him. 

It is always a sure token that God is willing to forgive us our 
sins, when He gives us a true repentance of all, wherein we have 
offended the eyes of His most holy Majesty, especially when such 
repentance is accompanied by a loathing of all that is evil, and by 
a longing desire to do the will of God. 

Therefore let us consider this for a better sign, than if an angel 
from heaven should come, and say to one, who has not yet tasted 
the bitterness of sin, "Thy sins are forgiven thee." 

Though we should receive it thankfully, if the Lord by His 
glorious and joyful power and by the consoling voice of the good 
shepherd is giving to a soul that bone and marrow penetrating 
assurance, that his sins are forgiven him, and that now his name 
is written in heaven. But methinks our prayer should rather be 
tending to this, that the Lord would preserve us from sin, and lead 
us into the good pleasure of His will, so that our will, our desire, 
and our whole pleasure would become a daily 'burnt offering to the 
pure love of God. 

When Saul was converted, and had fasted and prayed three days, 
Ananias said unto him, Brother Saul, why tarriest thou? Arise, and 
be baptized, and wash away thy sins. Now if the Lord would give 
thee no full assurance of thy forgiveness of thy sins, until thou 
also were baptized, this would be nothing new or uncommon, but 
something" that happened to many before thee and me. 

Meanwhile the good hand of God is not bound to any thing, but 
He taketh and giveth according as it may be useful to His chil- 


dren, and promote their best interests. Let us only seek to be faith- 
ful to God on our part. It has somewhat surprised me that thou 
hast postponed thy baptism until spring, since thou dost not know 
whether thou livest so long. 
Heartily greeted and recommended to the grace of God &c. 

Sander Mack. 

May the innocent Lamb of God have mercy on us, and preserve 
us in His peace! 
Much beloved Brother J. P. : 

I have read every word you have written to me, several times 
with care and attention, and have until now found nothing therein 
which could cause me to change the opinion I had of this matter. 
But this I do confess unto you, that I hate no opinion so much as 
the opinion of the Sadducees. If the query should arise in you why 
I hate this opinion so much, I would wish you to read in love and 
with attention the first and second verse of Acts 4, and also par- 
ticularly chapt. 5:17 and also 18 verses. There you will find why 
I hate this opinion so much. 

Where this opinion can prevail in a heart, it will extinguish 
every spark of the love of God and transform a man into a beast. 
O Lord, in mercy deliver for Thine own sake all those souls who 
have the least spark of Christian love in their hearts, from this 
beastly thing. In the Epistle of Jude, verse 21, I find these words, 
"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our 
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." O my dear brother, marvel 
not, that I can receive nothing which rises up to disturb me in my 
heavenly calling. Concerning the similes, ideas, and expositions in 
thy letter, I find indeed some which I cannot commend with a good 
conscience ; yet I think I do no wrong when I leave them untouched ; 
for the only good and only wise God knows indeed why you had to 
write thus. To this God who is also all powerful, be honor and 
glory forever. Amen. 

To the Father of mercy and God of all consolation be heartily 
commended by a poor worm hungering after grace, your otherwise 
well-known humble brother. 
Written at Crevfeld in our cabin Sander Mack. 

the first day of June 1798. 

Crevfeld in Germantown Township, February 24, 1776 
Dearly Beloved Brother: 

Though I find just now my inmost delight in the silent admiration 
of the great love of my faithful Shepherd, who has so freely and 
kindly shed His precious and pure blood on the tree of the cross for 
me and all penitent sinners, yet I feel it my duty to answer some 
little upon thy beloved and compassionate letter, and wish unto thee 
in the first place all useful consolation of that imperishable salva- 
tion in thy immortal soul and to the strengthening of thy faith in 
these most distressing times. 


It has touched me very tenderly, that you should be so much 
afflicted on my and my children's account. Yet I perceive therein 
your faithful and sympathizing heart, and I rejoice in my distress, 
that you with the author and finisher of our faith, love righteous- 
ness, hate iniquity. Therefore I cannot well pass by to inform you 
a little of the present condition of my children. 

Though my Hannah thought at first her sin was not so great be- 
cause they had been betrothed with one another, never to forsake 
each other, which they, she and her consort intend, also to prove 
by their deed ; yet she is now better informed, and acknowledges 
her sin, and also asks particularly your forgiveness since she had 
always a special regard for you believing that you fear the Lord, and 
she desires particularly that you would intercede with the Lord for 
her, that He should have mercy on her in her distressed state, in 
as much as she does not wish to fall altogether behind. 

My Sarah thinks she had done tolerably well, having refused so 
many, and having chosen at last the one whom she loves, and has 
been spared such reproach as my Hannah has to bear. Her hus- 
band is Jacob Z a son of friend Michael Z a tanner, 

who lives not far from you. She has been put back from the kiss 
and the breaking of bread for three reasons. First, because she 
married out of the church. Secondly, because it was done by 
license, — and thirdly because her husband had not yet quite attained 
his freedom, and his master knew nothing of it. 

But my Hannah has been put away farther so that we do not eat 
with her. Yet most of the members confessed they would be more 
willing to receive her again if she would return truly penitent, as 
they were now willing to put her out. Her husband's name is Adam 

W . Both these young men came for a considerable time to our 

meetings, and truly I expected no such evil thing of either of them. 
Concerning myself I have asked the Brethren publicly whether they 
had any thing against me. But they have testified that they were 
satisfied with me and would lay no further burden upon me. Before 
God, however, I cannot plead myself quite innocent, though I 
thought I had been very diligent and sent many sighs to eternal love 
for these two poor children. 

But it is alone to the mercy of God that we are not altogether 
consumed, and that I can yet hope that all things may yet work 
together for our good through the intercession of Tesus Christ. I 
commend myself also again to the brotherly interceding (before 
the throne of grace) and remain, greeting you once more 

Your sorrowing fellow pilgrim, 
Sander Mack. 
P. S. : My dear wife and children send also their friendly greeting 
as far as it may be consistent and acceptable. 


John Valentine Mack, a son of the Founder Alexander Mack, and 
a brother of Alexander Mack, Jr., was born in Germany. The exact 
location of his birth is not at hand. He became a member of the 
church of his father when he was some sixteen or seventeen years 
of age. When his father and two brothers, Alexander, Jr., and 
Johannes, came to America in 1729, he naturally came with them. 
He became a member of the church in America. Perhaps in order 
that there should not be a confusion of names with the translation 
of the German into the English, he was known as Valentine instead 
of John, his brother Johannes going by the name of John in Amer- 
ica. He, like his brother Alexander, was also somewhat of a 
writer though he never was prolific in his productions. One of the 
works of which he was the author was entitled, Christian Day Guide 
of the seven days of the human tree in which by a mystic chronology 
is proven how near the end of the six days of strife and hardship 
and the seventh day and great Sabbath of the people of God is com- 
ing. Which chronology has not been figured out by the rotations of 
the material heavens, but out of the dizntie mystery and paradisaical 
heaven by which in the household of God since the commencement 
of the "world, the mystery of eternity is revealed to mankind and 
time changes into eternity, and makes out of the seven periods of the 
human world seven eternities. Given to light by Johan Valentine 
Mack, 17S3. According to the reckoning of the author, he was 
expecting the present dispensation to close with the year 1777 in as 
much as it contained three sevens. However, when that time came 
the author had gone the way of all flesh and the world continued 
its ceaseless whirling in space. The work treats of the creation of 
angels, the fall of Lucifer, the creation of this world, the creation 
of Adam and Eve, their subsequent fall, and the re-establishment 
after the fall by the coming of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. He bad 
made a study of chronology, based upon Daniel's prophecy and pre- 
dicted the end of the Antichrist's reign in 1777. After this the 
Gospel would be preached in a powerful wav to all nations, thereby 



filling the earth with the knowledge of the Lord. He was noted 
for his religious zeal, though perhaps not always in keeping with 
the line of theology advocated by his noted father. 

Valentine Mack married Maria Hildebrand, a daughter of Jo- 
hannes Hildebrand, who had been a member of the church in Europe. 
He was a preacher of some repute and a fine outstanding man. He 
with his wife Maria attended the first love feast in America. The 
young lady whose hand Valentine Mack won had had a varied re- 
ligious experience. She early joined the Virgin Sisters at Ephrata. 
After living for some time there, she returned to the home of her 
people in Germantown. She was known in Ephrata as Sister Abigail. 
To Valentine and Maria Mack was born one child, a daughter, in 
1732. The daughter also entered the Ephrata community and was 
known as Sister Constantia. She died October 31, 1782, at the age of 
fifty years and three months. She never married. Her mother had 
passed away on August 11, 1758. After the death of the father of 
Valentine Mack, he took up his abode in Ephrata along with the 
father and mother of his wife, John and Maria Hildebrand. Per- 
haps it was the influence of Valentine Mack's wife that caused him 
to leave the church of his father and become a member of the 
Ephrata Society. From the year 1739 up until the time of his death 
Valentine Mack spent his days at Ephrata. His death occurred 
here in the year 1755. Alexander, Jr., after the death of his father, 
also was a companion of his brother in Ephrata. However, when 
he decided to return to the church of his father at Germantown, 
the choice evidently was not at all pleasing to Valentine. There 
were letters written, one of which the answer as given by Alexander, 
Jr., is given in the previous chapter. The pleadings and the proffers 
of a place in the house were all in vain. He was not able to prevail 
upon his brother Alexander to return to the Cloisters of Ephrata. 
Were one to remove the curtain and be able to look back into some 
of the struggles of the early church, there is the likelihood that we 
would be brought to the conclusion that there have been practically 
no changes in human nature and that the difficulties of the present 
day are not so far different from those that plagued the founders 
and early fathers of the church in America. Had there not been 
an Ephrata, who knows but what the history of the early church 
would have been more pleasant reading and less bitterness of heart 
for the ones who were on the scene. Whether the closing days of 



Valentine Mack differed from those of his father-in-law, John 
Hildebrand at Ephrata, we are not told. John Hildebrand's days 
there were days that brought him little happiness in the end. Human 
nature and the foibles of the flesh, by any name, are the same. 

In as much as the Cloisters at Ephrata, Pennsylvania, have been 
the scenes of much related to two of the Macks and also to the 
early life of the Dunker people, they merit a fuller description. 
Miss Oma Karn, in a letter to the writer mentions her first visit to 
them which we share with the reader. "My greatest sensation of 
awe came to me in the chapel, possibly for the reason that much of 


Interior of Saal, or Church, at Ephrata, Pa. 


my lifetime has been a struggle to decide between conflicting duties. 
There in the low ceiled room Alex. Mack must have weighed in 
the balance the doctrine of his father Alex. Mack, Sr. ; there Maria 
Sower, ever faithful to the duties of abbess, may have struggled 
with the ever increasing urge to return to the husband and son she 
had abandoned to follow Beissel ; there the homesick young girl 
who had broken troth with her fiance to likewise follow Beissel 
may have wept in secret, wanting to leave and return to her lover 
yet lacking the courage to do so ; there the enthusiastic young 
woman of the too large basket may have had straying thoughts 
conjecturing how to get the basket through the doorway of her 
room and into the hands of her adored Beissel." Agnes Mack Leck- 
rone, a great niece of Alexander Mack, Jr., tells of the great re- 
joicing when he finally arrived at the conclusion to return to the 
mother church at Germantown, Pennsylvania. She also was caused 
to be sorrowful that Ephrata had claimed Valentine Mack to the 
end of his life and others almost as dear to those early Brethren at 

While the writer lived at Linwood, Maryland, a visit was made 
to Ephrata Cloisters, and an article regarding same was written 
for the Union Bridge Pilot, Union Bridge, Maryland, for the editor, 
Mr. O. J. Stonesifer. We reproduce the article in this connection. 
"Less than a two hours' drive from Linwood, in the fertile and 
quaint Pennsylvania Dutch country of Lancaster County, Pennsyl- 
vania, is the city of Ephrata, of some 5,000 inhabitants. The writer 
recently visited the Cloister buildings that stand like a gray coated 
friar of another age. Within the steep walls there is the story of an 
effort of German-born Conrad Beissel, formerly a member of the 
Dunker Church, to introduce stern monasticism in Colonial Amer- 
ica. The buildings that stand today were erected in the years fol- 
lowing the coming to this vicinity of Beissel in 1732. There were 
three classes of meml)ers : household members, who were married ; 
Solitary Brethren, who lived a single chaste life; and the Spiritual 
Virgins, who vowed to live a pure virgin life. The white, heavy 
robes of old world monks were adopted. At one time there were 
three hundred members on the farm. Shoes were not worn, and the 
garb was simple as well as their life and existence stripped to the 
barest necessities. Footprints may be seen on the ceiling of the 
Saal (church) which have startled visitors for a century and a half. 



It is believed that one of the brothers, his bare feet oiled for pro- 
tection, walked over the unseasoned lumber while the Saal was 
being constructed in 1740. One of the buildings is known as the 
Saron. Two hundred years have left it as it was when the praying- 
ascetics padded barefoot through corridors to their midnight medi- 
tations. The wooden bench beds, the pellet pillows, the bowing 
doors, very low, are solid, well-worn proof of the Brothers Solitary, 


Sisters' House, Ephrata, Pa. 

and their Sisters, the Roses of Saron, who tried an eighteenth 
century monastic experiment in the wilderness of Pennsylvania. 
The great tall roofed Saron or sister house rises from the roadside 
greenery like a ghost from another age, which it is. It is three 
stories high and has scores of small windows, better so that the 
Indians could not shoot through. Floor beams pierce the wall and 
are pinned on the outside. Straw and clay compose the plaster, or 
insulation, which is hard and some five inches thick. The attic has 
an insulation of fireproof material in case the Indians shot their 


fiery arrows and succeeded in burning off the roof. There are price- 
less relics there, illuminated German scripts, baskets, pots, pans, 
books all made there by the members of the society. In the church 
there is a 'grandmother's clock,' perhaps so called ibecause it is ?o 
short. While in another room stands a 'grandfather's clock.' On 
the top floor of the Saron under its steep roof is a remarkable clock 
built in 1735 by Christopher Witt. Now over two hundred years 
old, it still strikes the hours. Many of the handmade chairs, tables, 
wooden plates, chalices and cups, stocking stretchers, looms, and 
spinning wheels are still standing in the Saron rooms. However, 
they are guarded day and night by a member of the Pennsylvania 
State Police. 

"The Cloister printing press was set up before that of Benjamin 
Franklin. During the Revolutionary War money was printed here 
for the government. Nothing was imported. Within the Cloister 
were a sawmill, grist mill, oil mill, printing press, basket-weaving 
shop, pottery kiln (there are priceless pieces of pottery still there), 
sewing rooms, paper mill, all testifying to the skill of the members. 
Peter Miller who succeeded Beissel translated the Declaration of 
Independence into seven languages as a part of his work for the 
nation. The latches of the doors are of wood and work perfectly. 
After the battle of Brandywine, the Cloister was turned into a hos- 
pital and the Spiritual Virgins nursed more than 500 sick and 
wounded soldiers. A fever epidemic broke out and over two hun- 
dred of them died and were buried on Zion hill near by. There is a 
little graveyard near the road and by the side of the Sister building. 
Beissel is buried there. Peter Miller is buried there. He was a friend 
of Washington and interceded with him for a man who had in- 
sulted Miller in every way, and was later condemned to death for 
treason. Miller saved his life. Valentine Mack, who with his wife 
and daughter entered the Cloister, is buried there, though time has 
effaced the markings from his gravestone. His brother Alexander 
spent some time at the Cloister after the death of the father, Alex- 
ander, but soon returned to the church at Germantown. The in- 
scription on the gravestone of Peter Miller is in German. 

"The Cloister thrived for 100 years, and was a seventh-day insti- 
tution, keeping Saturday for Sunday. The last member of the 
group died thirty years ago. Her picture may be seen upon the 
wall of one of the rooms. One door, by the way, was sixteen inches 


wide, but the writer got through. The grounds now comprise 125 
acres and are owned by eleven descendants. Twenty-five cents is 
charged for admission and this income is used as upkeep. A number 
of bills have been introduced to place these buildings in charge of the 
Pennsylvania Historical Commission. All have been in vain and 
the buildings and grounds still remain the property of the Seventli 
Day Baptist group. If you care to go back to America's infancy, 
and look through the leaded, locally made glass windows to ages 
beyond recall, it can be done with the space of a couple hours at 

It may be written since the above visit was made and the sketch 
made that the Cloisters have been taken over by the state and will 
be preserved as a shrine of other days. The writer was almost 
visibly impressed when in the room to have been shown the immense 
board, evidently sawed from a mammoth tree, upon which all the 
dead were laid out. As we stood by its side, and placed a hand 
upon it, our mind went back to the time when Valentine Mack was 
laid upon this board before the simple services took place prior to 
his interment in the near-by cemetery. The bier near by the board 
with the handles designed to drop when the carrier was not in use 
also stood in silent eloquence of the work it had done in the dim 
ages of another day. 


When Alexander Mack, Sr., came to the shores of America in the 
year 1729, he was accompanied by his three sons, Johannes, John 
Valentine, and Alexander, Jr. Since all of them signed the ship 
list, it is natural to assume that, inasmuch as Alexander, Jr., who 
was born in 1712, was old enough to sign the list, being seventeen 
years of age, he was the youngest of the three. Johannes, or John, 
as he was afterward known in America from the fact that he was 
continually mentioned first, would lead to the conclusion that he 
was the first born of the sons. At the time of his coming to Amer- 
ica, he was likely in his late twenties. The date of his birth has not 
been given us, neither have we the date of his death. 1 He was mar- 
ried to Margaretta Sneider, likely in Germany. The Anna Mar- 
garetta Mack, whose name is upon the ship list, must likely be that 
of the wife of Johannes. There is sufficient evidence to convince us 
that the mother of Johannes died in Germany as recorded in his 
father's Bible. 

Johannes was a land owner in Germantown. The Pennsylvania 
German Society states that Johannes Mack bought from Peter 
Shoemaker land in 1730. that part on which the parsonage now is 
located in Germantown. He and Andreas Bony owned another 
small tract. In the Pennsylvania Archives, Johannes Mack was 
listed in 1743 among the Quakers or conscientious objectors. The 
emigration of this man to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, oc- 
curred alx>ut 1751. The move was made to combat the inroads being 
then made by the Seventh Day Baptists. The name of the county 
was changed in 1784 to that of Franklin. There are records of two 
children being born to them, Jacob and Alexander. The last days 
were spent in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, as it is now known. 
The Macks owned land east of the present city of Waynesboro. On 
this land, approximately 2^ miles east and one-half mile south of 

1. Johannes or John Mack was still living in 1775. See letter of 
Alexander Mack, Jr., p. 30. 




the city, lies buried Johannes, or John, Mack the son of Alexander, 
the founder of the Dunker Church. While the immediate grave is 
lost, the testimony of the oldest settlers leaves no doubt as to the 
interment of John Mack in this plot of ground. 

For a good many years there stood over the grave a stone with 
just two letters upon it, those letters were "J." and "M." This 
cemetery is shut in by a solid rock wall some four feet high, and is 
some sixty or more feet in diameter. Very little care is given it, 
and when visited, it was almost impossible to make progress through 


Graveyard east of Waynesboro, Pa., where John Mack is buried 

the briars and brambles. Yet here with others of the pioneers just 
west of the beautiful mountains and almost in their shadow when 
the morning sun comes to spy out the valley and hills, lie sleeping 
the remains of one who possessed his father's faith. His sleeping is 
undisturbed by the roar of the planes coursing their way through 
the sky over the ground which he once trod. 

The Amsterdam Old Order German Baptist Church stands near 
Shockey's Mill, now known as Shank's Mill. The cemetery in which 
John Mack sleeps is one-fourth mile west of the mill. The land 
was originally owned by the Macks and is known by the older set- 
tlers as the Mack Farm. 


HANNAH MACK (1755-1816) 

Hannah Mack, the daughter of Alexander, Jr., married Adam 
Weaver on Aug. 7, 1775. Hannah was born Sept. 10, 1755, and died 
April 6, 1816. Adam Weaver was born Nov. 20, 1755, and died July 
30, 1815. Their issue are as follows : 

1. Alexander Weaver, b. June 18, 1776; d. May 11, 1795. 

2. John Weaver, b. April 27, 1778; d. March 31, 1791. 

3. William Weaver, b. March 8, 1781 ; m. a Miss Newkirk; d. in 

4. Margaret Weaver, b. May 30, 1783 ; d. in Virginia, Feb. 24, 
1871 ; m. Stephen Davis of Plymouth, Pa., in 1800. 

5. Adam Weaver, b. May 9, 1785; d. April 12, 1817. 

6. Betty Weaver, b. June 6, 1787; d. Sept. 17, '1821; m. James 

7. Rachel Weaver, b. Aug. 25, 1789; d. July 7, 1826; m. Charles 
Danenhower in 1808. 

8. Hannah Weaver, b. June 12, 1792; d. Feb. 2, 1841; m. Peter 

9. Sarah Weaver, b. Oct. 21, 1794; d. Oct. 10, 1835. 

10. Lydia Weaver, b. Nov. 30, 1797; m. Peter Gorgas. 

The issue of Margaret Weaver, born May 30, 1783, who married 
Stephen Davis of Plymouth, Pa., in 1800, is as follows : 

1. Hannah W. Davis, b. Dec. 2, 1803; d. Aug. 13, 1843; m. Samuel 
Jordan (descendants live in Goshen, Va.). 

2. Mary Ann Davis, b. Aug. 6, 1804; d. Oct. 27, 1900; m. Samuel 
Rex (a descendant, Mrs. William Widdem, lives at Flourtown, Pa.). 

3. William Weaver Davis, b. July 16, 1806; d. Jan. 7, 1897; m. 
Lucy Overton Dickinson of Louisa Co., Va., on Jan. 1, 1833. 

4. Elizabeth Davis, b. June 26, 1808; d. in infancy. 

5. Abraham Weaver, b. May 10, 1810; m. ; moved 

to Tennessee ; nothing further is known of his descendants. 

6. Rachel R. Davis, b. Aug. 2, 1812; m. John Jordan, a brother of 
Samuel. Descendants live in Lynchburg, Va. 



Following is the issue of William Weaver Davis, who was born 
in Germantown, Pa., July 16, 1806, and who died at Rockbridge 
Baths, Va., on Jan. 7, 1897. He married first Lucy Ann Overton 
Dickinson, on Jan. 1, 1833, who died Nov. 1, 1866; he married, Sept. 
15, 1875, Martha Ann Thompkins, his second wife. 

Issue by first wife: 

1. James Cole Davis, b. Oct. 11, 1833; d. Jan. 31, 1886; m. Lucy 
Burton on Feb. 8, 1872. Issue : Mary Evelyn Davis, b. Feb. 28, 1879 
(now living at Rockbridge Baths, Va.) and William Cole Davis, 
b. Oct. 7, 1882 (now living in Ventnor, N. J.). 

2. Eliza Margaret Davis, b. June 1, 1835; d. July 1, 1897; m. 
Sept. 14, 1858, Joseph A. Logan. Issue : William B. Logan, who has 
descendants living in Selbyville, Ky., and Annie Logan who left no 

3. Mary Jane Davis, b. Dec. 10, 1836; d. Aug. 2, 1872; m. first 
Nov. 30, 1859, Dr. Horace N. Bramham, of Lexington, Va. ; second, 
December 1870, to Captain A. T. Richards of the Confederate Army. 

4. Hannah Overton Davis, b. June 23, 1838; d. Dec. 29, 1915; m. 
William Cary Stout of Culpeper Co., Va., on Nov. 1, 1864. 

5. Frances Lewis Davis, b. March 31, 1840; died March 1, 1875; 
m. John F. Logan on June 2, 1868. No issue. 

6. William Roscoe Davis, b. Oct. 8, 1842; d. unmarried Dec. 16, 

7. Sarah Isabelle Davis, b. Aug. 7, 1844; d. July 15, 1864; unmar- 

8. Charles Warren Davis, b. Aug. 31, 1846; d. Feb. 2, 1871; un- 

9. John Newton Davis, b. Sept. 2, 1843; d. Jan. 15, 1878; un- 

10. Laura Alice Davis, b. Nov. 5, 1850; d. Feb. 16, 1862. 

11. Lydia Davis, b. Aug. 21, 1852; d. Aug. 24, 1852. 
Following are the children of Hannah Overton Davis, who was 

born at Rockbridge Baths, Va., June 23, 1838, and who died at 
Stevensburg, Va., Dec. 29. 1915. She was married to William Cary 
Stout of Culpeper, Va., on Nov. 1. 1864. 

1. Annie Willis Stout, b. July 31, 1855; d. Sept. 11, 1937; unmar- 

2. William Frank Stout, b. April 2, 1868; now living at Purcell- 
ville, Va. 


3. Fannie Letitia Stout, b. Feb. 6, 1870 ; m. John Edward Critten- 
den of Washington, D. C, on Feb. 3, 1892 ; now living in Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

4. Ida Reid Stout, b. April 30, 1872; m. Horace Mann Cockerill 
on June 5, 1900; now living in Purcellville, Va. 

5. John Henry Stout, b. April 2, 1874; d. Nov. IS, 1939; m. Lula 
Davidson on Oct. 19, 1904. No issue. 

6. Elizabeth Davis Stout, b. Sept. 19, 1876; d. March 17, 1916; m. 
Edwin Grey Gibson on Dec. 18, 1900. Issue: Evelyn Gibson, who 
married Robert Moore. 

7. William Cary Stout, b. March 11, 1880; m. Georgie Wood of 
Rappahannock Co., Va., on June 6, 1899; now living at Stevensburg, 
Va. Issue: Anne Davis Stout, who married James R. Adams. 

Fannie Letitia Stout, who was born Feb. 6, 1870, and who mar- 
ried John Edward Crittenden (1866-1913) on Feb. 3, 1892, has the 
following issue : 

1. Louise Davis Crittenden, b. Dec. 23, 1892; m. Dec. 3, 1917, 
Donald Montgomery Earll ; now living in Washington, D. C. 

2. Alene Letitia Crittenden, b. Sept. 20, 1894; m. Burnett R. Olm- 
sted, July IS, 1918; now living in Washington, D. C. 

3. Margaret Crittenden, b. May 21, 1898; m. Charles W. Barber, 
Oct. 8, 1925; now living in Bethesda, Md. 

4. John W. Crittenden, b. Feb. 5, 1908; now living in Washington, 
D. C. 

The children of Louise Davis Crittenden, who was born Dec. 23, 
1892, and who married Donald Montgomery Earll on Dec. 3, 1917, 

1. Elizabeth Eustace Earll, b. Dec. 24, 1919. 

2. Robert Edward Earll, b. June 16, 1921. 

3. Letitia Louise Earll, b. Dec. 9, 1927. 

WILLIAM MACK (1749-1813) 

The first child to bless the home of Alexander Mack, Jr., and 
Elizabeth Nice Mack, who were united in marriage Jan. 1, 1749, was 
given the name of William. His birth occurred Oct. 31, 1749. It is 
likely and only reasonable to assume that the lad who came to the 
Germantown, Pennsylvania, home of this couple received every 
care it was possible for them to give. That he was given an educa- 
tion such as could be secured in the schools of his day was also a 
natural matter. Not every one in those early days was fortunate 
enough to secure an education. Life was difficult, and a continual 
struggle against the hostile forces in the new land was the lot of 
the early pioneers. Many an intelligent person was forced to make 
his or her "X" or "mark" as it was called. The son of one of the 
greatest writers of Colonial days in America was fortunate in that 
every encouragement would be given him in the securing of such 
as the times afforded in the way of an education. Practically noth- 
ing has been recorded in regard to his early life. It may be as- 
sumed that, inasmuch as German thrift was a part of the house- 
hold, he was, like Saul of old, taught a trade. 

i In the meantime his Uncle Johannes, or John, had gone to the 

Antietam country, as it was called in those early days. Here in the 
beautiful Cumberland Valley the Seventh Day Baptists had been 
making inroads, and he came over to combat them. The Conrad 
Beissel controversy had been introduced to this community by 
Beissel himself. He held meetings in the southern part of what is 
now Franklin County, Pennsylvania, in the year 1764. At the time, 
a schoolteacher, Enoch Brown, and six of his pupils were killed by 
the Indians in Guitner's schoolhouse, some three miles northwest of 
the present town of Greencastle. Peter Lehman was asked to take 
charge of the church on the Antietam by Peter Miller of Ephrata 
and was given credit for the founding of the Snow Hill Institute, 

( or Nunnery, as it was afterwards called. 

There is a likelihood that the letters back and forth between the 
brothers Alexander and John in the Antietam country inspired 



young William to desire to see what was on the western side of the 
mountains. So in the company of Henry Schlingluff, a member of 
the Germantown congregation, William in his teens came to the new 
land made famous by the beautiful Antietam and Conococheague 
streams. Here the church, which was organized in 1752 and bearing 
the name of "Antietum" congregation, was one of the oldest Tunker 
churches in America. Later on it was given the more specific name 
of "Prices" Church. For upwards of forty years, owing to the 
depredations of the Indians, the worshipers met in houses, barns, 
and in the open air, building the first meetinghouse in 1798. Since 
then other meetinghouses have been built upon the site just nortli 
of Waynesboro. The large church in Waynesboro is a result of the 
seed sowing at "Prices" Church. William's Uncle John was a mem- 
ber of the Antietam Church and an ardent worker in this congrega- 
tion. As far as is known, William also became one of the members 
and supporters of this work. The records state that William worked 
for John Steiner and was a blacksmith. It is likely that he was 
proficient along other lines. The records of the Revolutionary War 
found in the Pennsylvania Archives mention the names of William 
and Alexander, likely a first cousin and son of John Mack, as serv- 
ing from this section. William was thrifty and was a landowner. 
He was listed in the taxables and freemen in Washington Town- 
ship, which then included the present townships of Washington, 
Quincy, and Waynesboro for the year 1786. His first cousins, Ja- 
cob and Alexander, were also listed at the same time and in the 
same list. 

The writer spent seven years in searching for information rela- 
tive to William, of the third generation. Apparently, inasmuch as 
he had not been so active as his worthy father in writing, not being 
an elder in the church, he had not left much material in written 

On Oct. 13, 1772, William Mack and Agnes Gantz were united in 
matrimony. She was a native of the Cumberland Valley section of 
the State of Pennsylvania and was born in 1754. Her death oc- 
curred in 1808 and she is said to have been buried in Adams 

To this union were born nine children. We find t;hat the tradi- 
tions of the family were marked in regard to name as well as oc- 
cupation in the family. The favorite name for the girls was Eliza- 



beth, and the favorite names for the boys were Alexander and Jacob. 
The favorite occupation was that of milling, which has been en- 
gaged in by some member of each generation from 1679 on down to 
the present time. The children born to William and Agnes Gantz 
Mack were : 

Jacob, who was the first born, was born Aug. 29, 1773, near 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

John Mack d. Oct. 14, 1865, at the age of 86 y. 11 m. 11 d., in 
Tippecanoe Church district, Kosciusko Co., Ind. 

Elizabeth, b. Oct. 13, 1776, in Franklin Co., Pa. ; d. Oct. 19, 1847, 
in Bedford Co., Pa. ; m. John Holsinger. 

Lydia, b. July 16, 1788; d. April 2, 1852, at Waynesboro, Pa.; m. 
David Holsinger. 


Peggy Mack Bosserman, granddaughter of 
Alexander Mack, Jr. 


Sally, m. a Spone, or Spohn ; lived in Ohio. No records are at 
hand in greater detail. 

Peggy, m. a Bosserman and lived in Franklin Co., Pa. She is 
buried in Carson Valley Cemetery between Duncansville and Al- 

Nancy, m. a Zook and lived in Ohio ; no other records available. 

Grave of Polly Mack Holsinger Replogle 

Hannah, m. Arch Baird and lived in Fulton Co., Pa.; no other 
records at hand. 

Polly, b. Dec. 3, 1799; m. first Jacob Holsinger; b. Oct. 3, 1794; 
d. Aug. 19, 1834; m. for her second husband, George B. Replogle, 
a widower, May 2, 1835. Polly is buried in New Enterprise Ceme- 
tery near Yellow Creek, Pa., by the side of her two husbands. Polly- 
died Feb. 1, 1865. 


Not a very full record is left of the experiences of William Mack, 
the grandson of the founder of the church. All evidences lead us 
to the conclusion that his life like that of the other pioneers in the 
days when our nation was born was a life of intense activity. The 
large family with the cares would require thrift and plenty of 
action for all concerned. Yet there moved within the breasts of 
all a desire to follow the Sun as he apparently left them and went 
his way to the West. Indeed in those days as the historian wrote, 
"Westward the course of empire took its way." Elizabeth, the 
eldest daughter, had married a pioneer preacher of the Tunker, or 
as it was called in those days, German Baptist Faith in Franklin 
County and had moved to the new county known as Bedford set- 
tling south of Bakers Summit. No doubt the correspondence by 
occasional letter and by word of mouth caused William to decide 
to settle for his remaining days in the West. His daughter's invita- 
tion to come and live with the family was accepted. Approximately, 
as far as information has been secured, in the year 1806 William 
sold his possessions in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and after 
good-bys and farewells to the other members of the rather numer- 
ous family started the long trek to the land of the setting sun. The 
journey was made over mountains and through beautiful valleys 
with here and there the smoke arising from the settlers' cabins. 
After quite a bit of time spent on the road, the Loysburg Gap could 
be seen in the distance and here, through which the Yellow Creek 
made its way, passed William Mack on the way to John and Eliza- 
beth Mack Holsingers in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, just some 
two miles south and west of the present village of Bakers Summit. 
Here at the foot of the east side of Dunnings Mountain was wel- 
comed the tired traveler at the end of his pilgrimage. The years to 
be spent with his daughter and family were not many and just ten 
years after the death of his father, Alexander Mack, Jr., William 
closed his eyes in the sleep that shall awaken only at the sound of 
the resurrection trumpet. 

On Feb. 13, 1813, surrounded by members of his family, William 
Mack closed his eyes upon the scenes of earth at the age of 63 years, 
4 months and 11 days. The house that was built by the pioneer John 
Holsinger, and in which William Mack passed away, can be located 
only by the foundation of the chimney. Seventy years ago the 
chimney stood like a lone sentinel, but finally gave way to the ele- 



Site of house where William Mack, son of Alexander Mack, Jr., died 

merits. When the original house was abandoned, another was built 
of logs across the ravine to the north. The second house stood 
until 1934 when decay finally caused its downfall. The original house 
was the one in which John Holsinger and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger, 
the granddaughter of Alexander Mack, Jr., lived and in which their 
family was born. On the hillside about 200 yards to the west is a 
small graveyard which contains eleven graves. The youngest grave 
identified contains the body of "Samuel, son of G. M. and S. Hol- 
singer Died September 12 1838, aged 2 years 5 months and 5 days." 
This was the grandson of Elizabeth Mack Holsinger. William 
Mack is buried in this plot of ground and perhaps at the other end 
of the small family cemetery. The size of the cemetery is fourteen 
by fifty feet. It is established beyond reasonable doubt by the testi- 



mony of his granddaughter that the son of Alexander Mack, Jr., 
is buried within the confines of this cemetery. Other residents who 
lived near and close relatives, soon after his passing, testify as to his 
being buried in this family plot. This farm is located on the east 
side of Dunnings Mountain and approximately one mile west of 
the Holsinger Church and approximately two miles south of Bakers 
Summit, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. 

When the writer in company with Henry Good, of Waynesboro, 
Pennsylvania, Rev. H. H. Brumbaugh, and Samuel Hinkel, of 
Bakers Summit, first visited the graveyard, it was overgrown with 
briars and weeds. The fence was down and every indication was 
that in a few years the very site of the cemetery would he lost. It 
is unfortunate that the grandson of the founder of the church is 
permitted to sleep in an unfenced plot in an unmarked grave, which 
in time may be lost to posterity. 



Graveyard where William Mack is buried 

ALEXANDER MACK ( ? -1823) 

To Johannes, or John Mack, son of Alexander Mack, Si - ., and 
Margaretta Sneider Mack, were born two children, as can be learned 
from the records. Unfortunately only the names of the children are 
given but not the records of their births. They were, not attempting 
to give them in the order of their birth, Alexander and Jacob. This 
chapter shall be concerned with Alexander. It is evident that the 
children were born in what is at the present time known as Frank- 
lin County, Pennsylvania. As a typical member of the family, his 
desire was for a home and he proceeded to work to that end. Inden- 
tures made April 26, 1802, between Alexander Mack of Washing- 
ton Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and Conrad Nico- 
demus of Washington County, Maryland, show that Mack sold 
land to Nicodemus, which was patented to Mack, May 10, 1789. 
Enrolled in the Rolls Office for the State of Pennsylvania in 
Patent Book No. 16, page 65. Between this date and the date 1804, 
Alexander Mack, like others of his immediate family, listened to the 
wooings of the West. The urge even in those early days was for 
cheaper land. Perhaps this, as well as following the trend of the 
times, had its inducement in causing Alexander Mack to follow 
the trails over the mountains to the Morrison's Cove country. We 
find a record of an agreement made between Alexander Mack of 
Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and Frederick Nicodemus of 
Franklin County, Pennsylvania, which relates that Mack sells land 
to Fred Nicodemus that was patented to Mack on date of Sept. 10, 
1879, bounded by the land of Daniel Price, John Wallace, and John 
Moorhead. The plot of ground consisted of 258 acres and 124 poles. 
Thus we are led to conclude that Alexander Mack left Franklin 
County, Pennsylvania, between the years of 1802 and 1804, and lo- 
cated in Bedford County. Pennsylvania. 

It may be of some help to keep in mind that county boundaries 
are changed from time to time and that Morrison's Cove was a 
part of Cumberland Countv until 1771. 



The name of Alexander Mack's wife has not been given us. 
However, we know that to their union were born six children. John 
Mack, or Mock, as the name was given in that section of the state, 
was born Sept. 1766, and died in September 1848. He was united 
in marriage to Anna Longenecker. Elizabeth was born in 1769 and 
died in 1856. She was married to John Garber. Alexander was born 
1771 and died Aug. 31, 1823. He was married to Catherine Baker. 
There was another son Jacob of whom we have no other record 
than his name. Sarah was born Jan. 16, 1775, and died June 8, 
1857 ; she married Daniel Longenecker. Anna, evidently the young- 
est, married Samuel Garber. No record of her birth or death is 

We know that he made his last home with Jacob, and in his will 
gave him an extra portion. The death of Alexander Mack evi- 
dently occurred in Bedford County between Nov. 8 and Dec. 2, 1811. 

The "Letters of testamentary of the Estate of Alexander Mack 
Deed." ought to be of interest : 

In the name of God, Amen. I Alexander Mack of Woodbury 
Township Bedford Co. and the commonwealth of Pa. Being weak 
and sickly in body but of a sound mind and perfect memory and 
understanding remembering the certainty of death. Do make and 
ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in order that every 
thing concerning my worldly estate may be settled in a proper 
and peaceable manner and that I may turn my mind the better to- 
wards God. And prepare myself to inherit after this life eternal 
salvation through Grace with the children of God Amen. Imprimes 
I do recommend my spirit into the hands of God who gave it to me 
and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent christian like man- 

I do will and ordain that all my just debts be paid out of my 
estate. And further I will and ordain that the portions which I have 
given my children at the time of their marrying to some more and 
to some less may be made equal. That is to say. Those that have 
received less shall at my direction receive more. Until they are even 
and every one shall have received as much as the other. 

John Mock My first son received forty pounds less which he the 
next time is to receive beforehand. My first daughter Elizabeth 
wife or John Garber received nineteen pounds, five shillings too 
much which is to be deducted of her share the next time. My son 
Alexander Mock received his full proportion. My son Jacob Mock 
also received his full portion. But since I live with him in the 
same and he himself and his wife attended to me with all neces- 
saries I do give and bequeath unto them the sum of forty pounds 
for their kind attendance as also my household furniture. And my 


horse creature. My Daughter Sarah Wife of Daniel Longanacre 
received eighty pounds less which she is to receive at the next divi- 
sion. My Daughter Anna Wife of Samuel Garber shall receive the 
interest of three hundred pounds annually during her natural life. 
And after her decease the said three hundred pounds. Shall be paid 
to her children. The remainder of my estate in money. Bonds and 
Book accounts shall be equally Divided among my children name- 
ly, John Mock Elizabeth Garber Alexander Mock Jacob Mock 
and Sarah Longanacre each of them to have as much thereof as 
the other. The land which I bought of Daniel Camerer and for 
which I obtained deed of conveyance of the said Daniel Camerer 
mentioning an acre more or less. I do and devise unto my two sons 
Alexander and John Mock and ordain that the Deed shall be made 
over and assigned to them. Lastly I do nominate and appoint my 
three sons namely John Mock Alexander Mock & Jacob Mock, all 
three of Woodbury Township Bedford Co and commonwealth of 
Pennsylvania executors of this my last will and testament signed 
and sealed this eighth day of November in the year of our Lord 
One thousand eight hundred eleven. 
Witness present 
Jacob Snowberger 
Daniel Camerer 
Daniel Kensinger Alexander Mock (Seal) 

We find that in order that every thing should be carried out as 
desired by the one who made the will, the witnesses made their ap- 
pearance before a register and we have the following : 

Bedford County 

Before me the subscriber Register for the probate of Wills and 
granting of letters of Administration in and for said county per- 
sonally appeared Jacob Snowberger and Daniel Kensinger two of 
the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing instrument of writing 
and being duly affirmed do say that they were personally present 
and heard and saw Alexander Mock, sign seal publish Pronounce 
and declare the foregoing as and for his last will and testament. 
That at the time of doing thereof the Testator was of sound and 
disposing mind and memory according to the best of those apparent 
Knowledge and belief affirmed to and subscribed the 2 Dav of 
December A D 1811. 

Jacob Snowberger 
Daniel Kensinger 


Daniel Mann, Register. 

In testimony that the foregoing is a true translation of the copy 
of the original (as translated from the original in German) re- 
maining: Together with the Original in my office at bedford. I 
have here unto set my hand and affixed the seal of office at Bedford 


the second day of December Anno Domine One thousand eight 
hundred and eleven. 

Daniel Mann 


A not-very-close study of the will indicates a loyalty and ad- 
herence to the tenets of the German Baptist Church, the unwilling- 
ness to take an oath by using "affirmed," the desire to be at peace 
with God, and the belief that salvation came through grace and 
not of works; also a sense of fairness and right in making division 
of what must have been in those days no small estate. 

Alexander Mack, the second of Germantown, was of course not 
only a writer and accomplished man of his day but a weaver and 
dyer as well. The following is of interest in the connection with 
the family that has been mentioned in the present chapter. 

"The Old German Paper" 
The large booklet 
Translated from the beginning 

How to make blue dye. 
From my cousin Alexander Mack who gave it to me 1776. 
Copied by John Schneeberger (Snowberger) in the year 1816. 

Then he goes on to tell how to make the dye, how many pounds of 
indigo to use, what to do if the dye fails to set, and how to make the 
dye set, etc. (not translated). 

Translated from bottom of page 9. Here is the whole art of 
dying. Copied from an old book 1776 and not a word is missing. 

Translated from the end of the booklet : This booklet is copied 
from an old book which the old Alexander Mack of Germantown 
wrote to his cousin Jacob Mack [son of Johannes or John. Author] 
and Jacob Mack copied it for his brother Alexander Mack. He who 
steals this booklet is surely a great thief. 1816. 

This booklet belongs to me Johannes Mack. 

"The small letter." 


In Jesus' name I greet you. hoping this letter will find you well 
and that we will all be well from now on and we greet you all 
heartily, writing you all heartily writing you from the new country. 
Near us a change [of land] is at hand. If you want to have a farm 
you must buy it and you may see it when you come out and we 
shall like it if you did come and if you yourselves do not come. 
Send the money with Johannes Becker as is fitting. 

This much from me. Alexander Mack. 
4 July 1816. 

Signature : John Mock. 


Alexander Mack, grandson of John and great-grandson of Alex- 
ander Mack the founder, was born in Franklin County, Pennsyl- 
vania, in the year 1771. The day and month of his birth is not at 
hand. He is mentioned in the will which his father made in 1811. 
He came with his father from the vicinity of Waynesboro, likely 
between 1802 and 1804, and settled in the vicinity of Woodbury, as 
it is now known. In fact, his father is reported to have had a very 
prominent part in the laying out of the village. He was a large 
land owner in that section of the state. Here the young Alexander 
Mack tarried for a few years and followed the sun in his western 
trip as others of his blood had done. Young Mack took for his 
bride Catherine Baker of what was then York County, Pennsyl- 
vania, which today, after changes in county lines, is known as 
Adams County. She was born Feb. 23, 1873. She was a daughter 
of Daniel Baker who was born in 1749 and died in 1804. In this 
connection, in the early eighteen hundreds, historians are in con- 
flict as to the exact date that Alexander Mack and his wife settled 
in Stark County, Ohio. Here he passed away at a rather early age 
for his family in 1823. His wife survived him some thirty years, 
passing away in 1853. To them were born the following children : 

John Mack, b. June 23, 1794; d. May 4, 1859; m. Catherine 
Aufrance, a widow. 

Jacob Mack. 

David Mack, b. Dec. 3, 1796; d. Oct. 24, 1870; m. Rosannah Mose, 
July 6, 1830. 

Elizabeth Mack, b. July 17, 1798; m. Samuel Bixler, July 6, 1819. 

Alexander Mack, d. at age of 36 from a fall from an apple tree. 
He never married. 

Mary Mack, no dates at hand; m. Valentine Blassius. 

Catherine Mack, no dates at hand as to birth or death ; m. Charles 
Dice, or Theis, Sept. 15, 1839. 

Susan, m. Jacob Bixler, June 5, 1821. 

Anna, or Hannah on the license, m. Conrad Zuiterman, March 
13, 1834. 

No one realizes more than the author after years of research, the 
limitations of a work of this kind. It is the intention to put in print 
that which has been proved as far as humanly possible to do so. 
This also includes the unbroken links which it is hoped will be 
made clear enough that from any person mentioned, unless the 


exception is noted, a clear line may be traced back to Alexander 
Mack the founder. There are numerous leads, and even families 
of the same name, tx>th Mack and Mock, that have no relation what- 
soever. There is, in fact, a Scotch line of Macks in the United 
States having no relation whatsoever to our German line. In some 
of the later writings and legal documents, and especially those made 
in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, the names Mack and Mock are 
interchangeable. A people whose tongue was German and who 
slowly came over to speaking ■both German and English, and finally 
the English entirely, could readily be understood in the alternate 
use of the "a" and the "o" in the name. 

In the early part of the eighteen hundreds, along with numerous 
pioneers seeking the cheap land in the West (to them in those days 
Ohio was West), they settled in the fertile Tuscarawas and Stark 
counties of the northeastern section of the state. The Macks, al- 
ways desirous of two things, making homes and spreading the faith 
of their ancestor, were not far behind in the seeking of new lands. 
A number of them came to the new country in Ohio. Opportunity 
to many of them was always ahead and beckoning them onward, 
ever westward. But wherever they located, they had as their prized 
possession their German Bible, which, in perhaps the most cases, 
had been printed by either the first or second Christopher Saur. 

The author, realizing the help received from others and willing to 
aid those who may honor this book enough to refer to its pages, 
gives the following records. They have not been linked in this 
work with the founder but may be a help to some future genealogist 
who may be tracing through the musty files. The names given arc 
the names of twenty-five Macks or Mocks who received marriage 
licenses in Stark County, Ohio, between the years 1819 and 1853. 
Many of these families are in Stark and Tuscarawas counties and 
neighboring counties. The name Mack is gone but the girls had 

Book C 

Page 62, Elizabeth Mack and Jacob S. S. Starrier, Nov. 13, 1855. 

Page 34, John Phillip Mack and Christina Kohl, June 5, 1853. 

Page 24, John Philip Mack and Matilda Brysacker, June 2, 1853. 

Page 34, John A. Mock and Catherine Aufrance, July 7, 1853. 

Page 89, Wilson Mock and Laura Ann Grotz, Jan. 3. 1858. 

Page 64, Mary S. Mochs and Samuel Robison, Jan. 31, 1856. 


Book A 

Page 69, Daniel Mach and Rosanna (Meeks) Mose, July 6, 1830. 

Page 16, Betsy Mach and Samuel Biescler, July 6, 1819. 

Page 39, Abraham Mock and Catherine Row, April 20, 1826. 

Page 104, Hannah Mock and Conrad Ludervan or Zutervan, 
March 13, 1834. 

Page 80, Jacob Mock and Hannah Deedoff or Dierdorff, Nov. 22, 

Page 20, Susan Mock and Jacob Bixler or Baxter, June 5, 1821. 

Book B 
Page 1, Mary Mack and Sam Engle, Feb. 23, 1826. 
Page 195, Martha A. Mack and John A. Watkins, May 4, 1851. 
Page 159, Barbara Mock and James McKalvy, June 4, 1848. 
Page 46, Catherine Mock and Charles Theis, Sept. 15, 1839. 
Page 120, Conrad Mock and Polly Glessner, Sept. 21, 1845. 
Page 108, Elizabeth Mock and Phillip Houk, Feb. 1, 1844. 
Page 120, John Mock and Rosaline Russel, Sept. 14, 1845. 
Page 156, Jacob (or John) Mock and Charlotte Eyster, Aug. 24, 
Page 157, Lucinda Mock and Henry Bright, Aug. 6, 1848. 
Page 96, Margaret Mock and Jacob Snyder, Oct. 24, 1843. 
Page 185, Samuel Mock and Lydia Shissler, Oct. 8, 1850. 
Page 172, Sarah Mock and Benjamin Honk, Nov. 29, 1849. 

Book 5 

Page 65, Catherine Mack and Hugh Blakely, Oct. 23, 1863. 

When Alexander Mock, or Mack, died in Stark County, Ohio, in 
1823, we find that the letters of administration given in Bethlehem 
Township, Stark County, Ohio, showed the following legal heirs : 
Catherine, his widow ; David, Elizabeth, Alexander, Susanna, Jacob, 
Anna, and Mary. John and Catherine, with his wife, appeared as 
administrators. There appeared as purchasers of the property John, 
Catherine, David, Alexander and Michael, all Mocks. 

David Mock's will was dated Sept. 8 and probated Dec. 6, 1870. 
He lived in Stark County, Ohio, and left to his wife Rosanna all 
personal property and real estate with the following beneficiaries:' 
Milford Linerode, a son of Charles Linerode, deceased, at wife 
Rosanna's death ; Milford Linerode was to pay $500 to Elizabeth 
Bixler, Susan Bixler, Ann Zuterman, Catherine Dice, John Mock, 


deceased, his heirs, and Jacob Mock, deceased, his heirs, to be 
equally divided among them in yearly payments of $200 each to 
commence six months after death of wife. 

John Mock, born June 23, 1794; died May 4, 1859, and Catherine 
Auf ranee Mock had two children : Caroline, who died in infancy, 
and Rosanna, who married Milford Linerode. 

Sarah Mack was the daughter of Alexander Mack who was the 
son of John Mack, son of Alexander Mack. She was born in 
Franklin County, or what is Franklin County now, in the year 1775 
on Jan. 16. There is a likelihood that she spent some time in the 
vicinity of Woodbury, Pennsylvania, with her parents. She was 
united in marriage to Daniel Longenecker who, as we now know 
it, was born in Franklin County, Jan. 20, 1775. He passed away in 
Columbia County, Ohio, June 28, 1854. His widow Sarah passed 
from this life June 8, 1857, in Columbia County, Ohio. 

To this union were born the following children: 

Elizabeth, b. July 27, 1800; m. Henry Hoke. 

Sarah, b. Jan. 28, 1804; m. John Myers. 

David, b. Aug. 29, 1806. 
y Johannes, b. Aug. 18, 1808. 

Jacob, b. Jan. 1, 1811 ; d. Feb. 1, 1878. 

Daniel, b. Jan. 30, 1813. 

Samuel, b. May 27, 1815; d. 1889 at age of 74 y., 5 m., 8 d.; m. 
Catherine Stump who died in 1879 at the age of 61 y., 18 d. 

Lydia, b. April 3, 1818; d. July 30, 1890; m. Adam Stump. 

Daniel Longenecker and Sarah Mack Longenecker, like others of 
their kin, succumbed to the lure of the West. No doubt letters from 
others who had followed the Indian trails through the wilderness 
were written back of the golden opportunities to carve homes from 
|(ir the Ohio territory. So they said good-by, which in some cases was 

farewell to the kinfolk in their native State of Pennsylvania, and 
■■;. journeyed toward the setting sun. 

They first located in what is now Stark County, Ohio, later to 
move to what is now Columbiana County, perhaps in the year 1820. 
Entries on the land records would indicate that they first purchased 
land, or took up land, in this county in the year 1820. There is a 
possibility that all, or nearly all of their eight children were born in 
Pennsylvania. Records of the descendants of three of the children 
are at hand. They are Jacob, Samuel, and Lydia. 



Jacob Longenecker, b. Jan. 1, 1811 ; d. Feb. 1, 1875. Only the first 
name is known of the woman who became his wife. She was named 
Susanna and was born in 1815 and died May 25, 1891. Jacob's will 
was made Oct. 5, 1871. It was probated April 30, 1875. He writes, 
"Having past my threescore years of life . . . under peculiar cir- 
cumstances of my family," he thinks that he should make a will 
and asks that no appraiser be appointed. "Hope and trust the 
children be for present satisfied with my disposition made in fear 
of God and in love to them all." To Jacob and Susanna Longe- 
necker were born nine children : 

1. Sarah Longenecker, who was an invalid all her life. 

2. Elizabeth Longenecker, also an invalid; single; b. June 23, 
1841; d. Feb. 25, 1895; buried in Zion Hill Cemetery near Colum- 
biana, Ohio. 

3. Simeon Longenecker. 

4. Levi Longenecker. 

5. Franklin Longenecker. 

6. Noah Longenecker, b. Oct. 1, 1839; d. Aug. 9, 1930; m. 
Susanna E. Stenger, Sept. 30, 1866, in Stark County, Ohio. She 
was born March 11, 1847; d. Sept. 28, 1913. He was a typical 
descendant of a worthy family. When he was nineteen years of age, 
he united with the German Baptist Brethren Church. He and 
Henry Kurtz were elected to the ministry Aug. 30, 1861, in the 
Mahoning Church, under the supervision of the two notables of 
their time, namely, Elders Henry Kurtz and James Quinter. Noah 
was but twenty-two years of age at the time and for those days this 
was a very unusual proceeding as men of middle age were usually 
selected. For a number of years he was referred to as the boy 
preacher. 1 

He was ordained to the eldership in May 1881, under the super- 
vision and guidance of J. H. Z. Swihart and Conrad Kahler. In 
1891 he moved into East Nimishillen Church where he labored 
with others of a like interest in the advancement of the cause. He 
was much sought after in the councils of the church and held 
numerous important offices, not only in the district, but he served 
on the Standing Committee eight different times. He was one of 
the strong men of the church in northeastern Ohio, and one ever 

1. See History of Church of the Brethren, Northeastern Ohio, 
p. 28. 


worthy of his ancestry. To this union were born seven children : 

1. Jesse W. Longenecker, b. Feb. 22, 1868; d. Sept. 19, 1868. 

2. Jeannette Longenecker, b. Aug. 28, 1870; member of the 
Church of the Brethren. She is unmarried. 

3. Celestine Longenecker, b. May 24, 1872; m. John Hinebaugh. 
Present address : Geneva, Ohio. 

4. Mary Ellen Longenecker, b. July 8, 1876; m. H. E. Shoe- 
maker. Present address : Hartville, Ohio. 

5. Susanna Grace Longenecker, b. May 14, 1880; m. Joseph B. 
Miller. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Present address: 
Canton, Ohio. 

6. Daisy Olive Longenecker, b. Aug. 29, 1883; m. Harry Ebel. 
Present address : Youngstown, Ohio. 

7. Emma Elizabeth Longenecker, b. Nov. 28, 1887; m, David 
Machamer. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Present ad- 
dress : Cairo, Ohio. 

X T oah Longenecker was held in such regard that his funeral 
was conducted by six ministers, with nine others in attendance not 

Samuel Longenecker, the son of Daniel and Sarah Mack Longe- 
necker, was born May 27, 1815 ; died Nov. 5, 1889. He is buried in 
the Zion Hill Churcli of the Brethren Cemetery, near Columbiana, 
Ohio. He was married to Catherine Stump, who was born Nov. 7, 
1815, and died Nov. 15, 1879. She is also buried in the Zion Hill 
Cemetery near Columbiana, Ohio. To this union were born six 
children : 

1. Alfred Longenecker, b. 1840; d. 1925; m. Elizabeth J. Culp, 
b. in 1846; d. in 1940. We have records of one daughter, Laura, 
born to them. She was united in marriage to Jonas Horst. They 
live on one of the Daniel Longenecker farms near Columbiana, 
Ohio, and north of Leetonia, Ohio. They are members of the 
Church of the Brethren. To this union were born eleven children. 
Many of them are college graduates and teachers. The names are : 

1. Myron G. Horst. 

2. Arthur S. Horst. 

3. Galen G. Horst. 

4. Elva E. Horst. 

5. Waldo E. Horst. 

6. Mildred L. Horst. 


7. Kathryn M. Horst. 

8. Esther C. Horst. 

9. Robert E. Horst. 

10. Hazel L. Horst. 

11. Howard Horst. 

2. Mary Longenecker, b. in 1846 ; m. C. Unger. Have one son : 
1. Harry Unger. Present address : Niles, Ohio. 

3. Daniel Franklin Longenecker, b. Oct. 10, 1850; d. Aug. 11, 
1880 ; m. Esiphene Hoover. Was a minister. 

4. Margaret Longenecker, m. E. Crumpacker. 

5. Rachel Longenecker, m. Calvin Hoover. 

Lydia Longenecker, (Alexander Mack, John Mack, Sarah Mack 
Longenecker, Lydia Longenecker) was born April 3, 1818, and died 
July 30, 1890, in Columbiana County, Ohio. She was united in mar- 
riage to Adam Stump, Feb. 10, 1841. He was born March 3, 1818, 
and died May 6, 1896, in Columbiana County, Ohio. To this union 
were born ten children : 

1. Sarah Stump, b. Jan. 12, 1842; d. Feb. 25, 1863; unmarried. 

2. Elizabeth Stump, b. Oct. 20, 1843; d. Feb. 10, 1920; m. James 
Benner. No issue. 

3. Daniel Stump, b. Oct. 30, 1845; d. Oct. 16, 1904; m. Lovina 
Swineheart, Sept. 2, 1869. She was born Jan. 27, 1845, in Carroll 
County, Ohio and died March 7, 1910 in Canton, Ohio. She was 
the daughter of Adam and Mary Thomas Swineheart. Memhers of 
the Church of the Brethren. Four children were born to this union : 

1. Thomas Mansfield Stump, b. July 17, 1870; m. twice, first to 
Tillie Hang; second to Elva Klingler. No issue; but they adopted 
and reared five. He is a member of the Church of the Brethren. 
Present address : Canton, Ohio. He is chief engineer of Courtland 
Hotel, a position which he has had for thirty years. 

2. James Walter Stump, b. April 19, 1875 ; d. Sept. 10, 1877. 

3. Ada Odessa Stump, b. June 26, 1879; m. Nov. 29, 1905, to Dr. 
Charles C. Waltenbaugh, M.D., of Canton, Ohio. Members of the 
Methodist Church. Present address: 1249 Eleventh Street, North- 
west, Canton, Ohio. She is a historian, a genealogist, and the writer 
is greatly indebted to her for valuable information and material 
graciously supplied by her. To this union was born one daughter : 

1. Ruth Janet Waltenbaugh, b. Feb. 28, 1908. She is a graduate 
of Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, and at the present time is Physi- 



cal Director of Lincoln High School, Canton, Ohio. She lives 
with her parents. 

4. Infant born and died May 17, 1847. 

5. Noah Longenecker, b. Aug. 5, 1848; d. Oct. 22, 1853. 

6. Benjamin Longenecker, b. April 12, 1850; d. May 10, 1926; m. 
Mary Ruff. Issue : five children. 

1. Emerson. 


David Baker Mock and grandson David Warehan 


2. Marion. 

3. Clara, m. William Betz. 

4. Ada (a twin). 

5. Ida (a twin). 

7. Simon Longenecker, b. April 20, 1852; d. Nov. 1, 1926. 

8. Emetine Longenecker (a twin), b. Aug. 31, 1860; d. June 30, 
1934; m. Chalmer Betz. Issue: three children. 

1. Clara Betz, m. Forest Miller. 

2. Harvey Betz. 

3. Mary Betz, m. first, Elgie Bowman ; m. second, Ralph Conrad. 

9. Angeline Stump (a twin), b. Aug. 31, 1860; d. Sept. 16, 1860. 

John L. Mock was born Aug. 15, 1807, in Bedford County, Penn- 
sylvania, and died July 28, 1896 (Alexander Mack, John Mack, 
Alexander, John, John L. Mock). Practically all his life was spent 
in the part of Pennsylvania in which he was born. He was united in 
marriage to Christina Baker who was born in 1812 and died Jan. 4, 
1899. To this union were born the following children: 

1. Jacob B. Mock, b. Feb. 29, 1832; d. Feb. 15, 1849. 

2. Catherine Mock, b. March 12, 1834; m. Lewis Sell; d. March 
31, 1891. No children. 

3. David Baker Mock, b. Nov. 26, 1835; d. Dec. 14, 1915; m. 
Susannah Gochnour, March 15, 1863. The following children were 
born to this union : 

1. Mary Mock, b. May 12, 1864; d. Sept. 22, 1865. 

2. Anna K. Mock, b. Aug. 31, 1866; m. Jacob Wareham, Feb. 27, 
1890; d. April 12, 1936. 

3. John Gochnour Mock, b. Sept. 15, 1868; unmarried. He lives 
at Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. He united with the German Baptist 
Church, later with the Church of the Brethren, Oct. 5, 18S2, and 
was elected to the office of deacon in 1898. He stands for the old 
fundamentals of the church. He has furnished the author with in- 
valuable aid in this production. He is a genealogist much interested 
in his ancestral history. 

4. David Albert Mock, b. May 2, 1874; d. April 14, 1885. 

4. Elizabeth Mock, b. Oct. 28, 1837 ; d. April 28, 1839. 

5. Mary B. Mock, b. Sept. 20, 1839; m. David Snowberger, Nov. 
11, 1862; d. June 10, 1920. 

6. Alexander B. Mock, b. Sept. 18, 1841 ; d. Aug. 4, 1861. 

7. John B. Mock, b. April 20, 1845; d. Jan. 21, 1864. 



8. Aaron Mock, b. April 27, 1853; d. March 11, 1930; m. Eliza- 
beth Smith, June 5, 1873. 

To the union of Aaron Mock an;l Elizabeth Smith was born a 
daughter Minnie. She married George Keith of Altoona, Pennsyl- 
vania. To them were born two children, Aaron, who died in infancy, 
and Mary, who married an Kmmert. 

Mary Mock was born Oct. 28, 1837 and married, Nov. 11, 1862, 
David Snowberger. who was born Sept. 27, 1837. Christina Snow- 
berger was born to them in 1865 and died Feb. 6, 1886. Two other 
girls died in infancy. Three hoys were born: 
John M. Snowberger. b. May 18, 1868. 
Andrew M. Snowberger, b. April 30. 1880. 

David M. Snowberger, b. April 30, 1880. David Snowberger, the 

father, died July 6, 1885. 
John M. Snowberger, 
b. May 18, 1868; m. 
Minnie Snyder, May 6, 
1894; b. Nov. 8, 1872. 
To this union were born 
three children : 

1. Mary, b. Aug. 5, 
1895; m. John Long, 
Feb. 28, 1918. Issue to 
this union: David S. 
Long, b. Dec. 15, 1918, 
and Glen S. Long, b. 
Oct. 25, 1922. 

2. Isaac S. Snowber- 
ger, b. June 6, 1900 ; and 
m. Minnie Catherine 
Reighard July 3, 1920. 

1. Minnie Catherine. 

2. James Lester 
Snowberger, b. Dec. 15, 

3. John Donald 
Snowberger, b. Dec. 13. 


M A HI I N - III l.-C, . 

James A. Sell and John G. Mock 


4. Mabel Virginia Snowberger, b. Nov. 13, 1926. 

5. Mary Geneva Snowberger, b. Dec. 12, 1928. 

6. Max Snowberger, b. May 30, 1929. 

7. Byron Snowberger, b. July 1936. 

3. Nellie Snowberger, b. Oct. 8, 1908; m. John Dilling, Nov. 12, 
1932. One son was born June 11, 1933, which they named William 
Allen Dilling. 

Anna K. Mock (sometimes known as Polly) was born Aug. 31, 
1866; she married Jacob S. Wareham, Feb. 27, 1890, who was born 
March 18, 1863. Jacob Wareham died Oct. 22, 1937. To this union 
were born nine children : 

1. Susie Mae Wareham, b. July 9, 1891 ; m. Levi K. Sollenberger, 
March 19, 1932; b. May 16, 1895, the son of David and Lydia Sollen- 

2. John Aaron Wareham, b. June 1, 1893; m. Mary Zook, Nov. 
24, 1921; b. Sept. 10, 1890; d. Jan. 2, 1925. Two sons were born to 
this union : John Roscoe, b. Jan. 26, 1923, and Jacob Richard, b. Dec. 
18, 1924. 

3. Mary Catherine Wareham, b. May 18, 1895. 

4. Irvin Andrew Wareham, b. June 10, 1898; m. Esther Frederick, 
June 28, 1923 ; b. March 17, 1901. Two sons were born to this union : 
Jacob Donald, b. April 26, 1926; d. May 13, 1935; and Harold Adam, 
b. Jan. 2. 1939. 

5. David Michael Wareham, b. March 21, 1900; m. Ethel Stoner, 
Dec. 23, 1936. She was born March 4, 1906; daughter of Irvin and 
Mary E. Stoner. Two children were born to this union : Gerald 
Wilbur, b. June 2, 1938, and Janet Louise b. Nov. 12, 1939. 

6. Jacob Paul Wareham, b. March 19, 1902; m. Ruth A. Furry, 
June 19, 1929. She was born June 1, 1905, the daughter of Edward 
and Mary Furry. To this union were born two sons : Charles Ed- 
ward, b. June 30, 1935 and Stephen Paul, b. July 24, 1939. 

7. Elizabeth Pearle Wareham, b. Jan. 6, 1906; d. April 15, 1907. 

8. Jesse Melvin Wareham, b. March 17, 1908; m. Rachael Amick, 
June 15, 1934; daughter of Gideon and Emma Amick. Issue: 

1. James, b. Nov. 14, 1929. 

2. Doris, b. July 22, 1932. 

3. Anna Jane, b. March 5, 1934. 

9. Charles Roscoe Wareham, b. Jan. 26, 1913 ; m. Wilma Allen, 
April 6, 1939; b. June 1, 1917, daughter of Caleb and Laura Allen. 

JACOB MACK ( ?-1814) 

Jacob Mack, the brother of Alexander and son of John Mack, was 
born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He was a grandson of 
Alexander Mack the founder of the church. Unfortunately the date 
of his birth has not been preserved for us, or at least we have not 
been able to find it. However, we do know that he was married on 
Oct. 16, 1752, to Hannah L. Englehart, who was born June 10, 
1735. There is evidence to presume that Jacob Mack died in the year 
1814. The date of the death of his wife Hannah E. Mack is not at 
hand. His will was made July 11, 1811, and probated March 30, 
1814, by Daniel Royer and John Benedict. 

The following children were born to Jacob Mack and Hannah 
Englehart Mack who were licensed "from the Governor of Pennsyl- 
vania" to marry : 

Elizabeth Mack, b. Nov. 29, 1753; d. April 25, 1757. 

Margaret Mack, b. May 1, 1756; m. John Miller; date of death 
not at hand. 

Catharine, b. 1759; m. John Miller. 

Rebecca Mack, b. April 10, 1762; d. Sept. 22, 1804; m. Michael 
Halm (or Helm). 

Maria Mack, b. Jan. 8, 1765; m. David Stoner. 

Susanna Mack, b. 1768; d. 1773. 

Salome Mack, b. 1771 ; d. 1793. 

Nancy Mack, b. Sept. 20, 1774; d. April 1874; m. John Benedict. 

Susannah Mack, b. June 9, 1777; d. May 14, 1862; m. Samuel 

In Jacob Mack's will, found in the courthouse at Chambersburg, 
Pennsylvania, in Will Book C, page 176, he leaves his estate to his 
wife Anna (Hannah) Mack and mentions the following daughters, 
Margaret, Catherine, Maria, Nancy, and Susannah. 

There is a record that Feb. 7 Jacob Mack was a neighbor to Ed- 
ward Nichols and M. Helm. 

Maria Mack, daughter of Jacob and Hannah Englehart Mack, 
was born January 8, 1765 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. The 


Joseph J. Oiler 

Science Hall, Juniata College; trod by numerous 
Mack descendants 

Oiler Hall. Juniata College 



line of descent is, Alexander Mack, Sr., John Mack. Jacob Mack, and 
Maria Mack. She was married to David Stoner who died in 1825. 
Issue : 

1. Polly Stoner, m. June 11, 1817 to Daniel Truby. Later they 
moved to Ohio. There are no other records available. 

2. Rebecca Stoner, b. March 22, 1803; d. Aug. 20, 1868; m. March 
20, 1820, to Joseph Oiler. He was born Jan. 13, 1794; d. April 12, 
1863. Issue: 

1. John S. Oiler, b. Jan. 4, 1823; d. 1902; m. Dec. 16, 1849, to 
Anne Hollinger, b. Nov. 21, 1824; d. May 24, 1916. Issue: 

1. Daniel Oiler, b. Sept. 1, 1848; d. Feb. 1916; m. Leah Jacobs. 
Two daughters born : Cora and Ethel. 

2. David Oiler, d. unmarried. 

3. Harry Oiler, m. Zadie Sprenkle. To this union were born seven 
children : 

1. Herman. 

2. Ernest. 

3. Alma. 

4. Lelia. 

5. Rello. 

6. Edith. 

7. Sadie. 

4. Edward Oiler, m. Ida Downin. One son Edgar was born to 
them, who married Maude Hoover. Issue: three daughters — Janet, 
Betty, and Helen. 

5. Mary Oiler, m. Jan. 4, 1887, to Daniel Harbaugh. Issue: two 
daughters — May, m. a Fox; Edna. 

6. Rebecca Oiler, unmarried. 

2. Jacob F. Oiler, b. near Waynesboro, Pa., Jan. 19, 1825; m. July 
20, 1848, to Elizabeth Bonebrake, who was born Nov. 30, 1830; d. 
Feb. 19, 1911. He died Jan. 30, 1897. In his early life he was a 
farmer, schoolteacher, and merchant. Later he moved to Waynes- 
boro where he became one of the founders of the Geiser Manu- 
facturing Company, for which company he served as treasurer and 
later as president. In 1895 he helped to organize the bank of 
Waynesboro and became its first president. His keen interest in 
young people was manifested in his becoming a member of the first 
Trustee Board of the Brethren's Normal School, now Juniata Col- 
lege. He remained on the board until his death when he was sue- 


ceeded by his son Joseph J. His granddaughter, Miss Bessie Rohrer, 
has been a member of the Board for nearly twenty years. Seventeen 
of his descendants have been students in the College. 

In infancy he was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church of 
which his father was a member. After his marriage he united with 
the Church of the Brethren and was later elected to the ministry. 
For many years he was presiding elder of the Antietam congrega- 
tion near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. He was also active in district 
church work. He was actively interested in both the organization 
and the forwarding of the foreign missionary work of his church. 
He is remembered for his consecration to the work of the church, 
his enthusiastic and genial disposition, his interest in others, and 
his hospitality. Issue to the union of Jacob Franklin Oiler and Eliza- 
beth Bonebrake Oiler : seven children. 

1. Rebecca Oiler, b. May 21, 1849; m. Feb. 21, 1867, to C. C. Stull. 
Issue: Harry B. Stull. 

2. Sudie E. Oiler, b. Oct. 14, 1852; d. Jan. 23, 1923; m. Jan. 3, 
1876, to Joseph E. Rohrer, b. May 25, 1851. He died July 1, 1918. 
Issue: one daughter, Bessie. She lives in Waynesboro. She is a 
historian and genealogist and one who has contributed much to this 
work. Unmarried. 

3. Joseph J. Oiler, b. March 2, 1855 ; m. Sept. 15, 1891, to Myrtle 
Funk; b. Oct. 11, 1869. He died Sept. 3, 1936. He was a Christian 
financier, educated in the public schools of Waynesboro, Pennsyl- 
vania, and in the Baltimore Business College, after which he entered 
the Geiser Manufacturing Company of Waynesboro as assistant 
bookkeeper, and was advanced to the office of treasurer and gen- 
eral manager. After the merger of that corporation with the Emer- 
son-Brantingham Company, he became president of the Landis 
Machine Company. This office was held until his death. He was 
also chairman of the Executive Board of a local bank. His success 
as an industrialist was due largely to his keen sagacity and sound 

He was keenly interested in young people and missions. He was a 
member of the Waynesboro Church of the Brethren and stimulated 
missionary giving, and was one of the most liberal givers to Broth- 
erhood-wide Missions. His hospitable home was visited by many 
seeking help and council. For nearly forty years he was a member 
of the Board of Trustees of Juniata College of which he was 


president at the time of his death. He has been spoken of as the 
greatest financial benefactor of Juniata. The new auditorium has 
been named Oiler Hall in recognition of the interest and generosity 
of the Oiler family. The pipe organ therein was donated by Miss 
Rello Oiler in memory of her parents, Joseph J. and Myrtle Funk 
Oiler. Issue : three children. 

1. Rello Oiler, b. 1895 at Waynesboro, Pa. Present address: 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

2. Jefford F. Oiler, b. Oct. IS, 1896; m. Anne Baldridge. 

3. Jack Ezra Oiler, m. Elizabeth Rohrbaugh. 

4. Jesse Roop Oiler, b. May 20, 1860; m. Feb. 8, 1882, to Ida 
Royer; d. March 25, 1904. Issue: two children — Nellie and Bernard; 
both died young. 

5. Annie Grace Oiler, b. Jan. 30, 1863; d. March 25, 1904; m. 
Feb. 8, 1882, Silas E. Dubbel. Issue : three children. 

1. May Lawshe Dubbel, m. Rush Stouffer. Issue: two children. 

1. Rush, Jr. 

2. Josephine. 

2. J. Franklin Dubbel, m. Nana Foster. Issue : Patty Dubbel. 

3. S. Earl Dubbel, m. Marian Entriken. Issue : Silas E. Dubbel. 

6. May Bonebrake Oiler, b. April 14, 1867; m. Oct. 8, 1901, to 
' D. M. Wertz. Issue : two children : 

1. Elizabeth Wertz, m. Calvert N. Ellis. He is a minister in the 
Church of the Brethren and a Juniata College graduate. Issue : two 
children : 

1. Betty Ann. 

2. David. 

2. Anna Wertz, m. Dr. Wm. McNeish. 

7. John B6nebrake Oiler, b. Nov. 30, 1869; m, Adelaide Harley 
Issue : two children. 

1. Richard Oiler, m. Jenette Faries. Issue: three children: 

1. Richard. 

2. Marie. 

3. Anna. 

2. Helen Oiler, m. Donald Berry. Issue : two children. 

1. Donald. 

2. Linda. 


3. Susan Oiler, b. May 29, 1827; d. Feb. 26, 1917; aged 89 y., 9 m, 
27 d. ; m. in 1848 to Josiah Berger, b. Sept. 25, 1825 ; d. in 1905. Issue : 
four children. 

1. John Berger, b. Feb. 4, 1850; m. Elizabeth Benedict. Issue: 
one child. 

1. Phoebe, m. Daniel Miller. 

2. Elizabeth Berger, b. Feb. 5, 1855 ; m. Harry X. Stoner ; b. April 
22, 1847; d. in Feb., 1912. Issue: three children. 

1. John Stoner, m. Elizabeth Sellers. No issue. 

2. Edith Stoner, m. H. R. (Tom) Smith, Waynesboro, Pa.; d. 
Dec. 27, 1939. She with her husband were members of the Waynes- 
boro Brethren Church. Funeral was conducted by Dr. W. H. Beach- 
ler, then pastor of the First Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md., 
and by the author ; burial in the Waynesboro Cemetery. Family 
home : 234 South Church Street. Issue : two children. 

1. Margaret Smith, unmarried; lives at the family home. She 
is a member of the Brethren Church. 

2. Raymond Smith, m. Dorothy Kepner; live at 234 South Church 
St., Waynesboro, Pa. Member of the Waynesboro Brethren Church. 
Issue: one child. 

1. John Kirk Smith, b. Nov. 22, 1939. 

3. Joseph Stoner, soldier in World War and died in France. 

3. Prudence Berger, unmarried; b. March 11, 1862; d. in 1940. 

4. Annie Berger, b. April 20, 1867; m. Alonzo Middour. Issue: 
four children. 

1. Lulu Middour. 

2. Marian Middour, m. Allen Nell. 

3. Alonzo J. Middour. 

4. Elizabeth Middour, m. Joseph Baird. 

4. Rebecca Oiler, b. Nov. 20, 1832; m. Rev. Jacob Vance (or 
Wentz) ; b. in 1824; d. in 1899. Issue: six children. 

1. Joseph. 

2. Albert, who has one daughter Laura. 

3. Beckie, m. Ira Deeker. Lives in Martinsburg, W. Va. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Irene. 

2. Oiler. 

4. Priscilla, unmarried. 


5. Emma, unmarried. 

6. Sadie, unmarried. 

5. Joseph A. Oiler (a twin of Rebecca), b. Nov. 20, 1832; d. in 
Aug., 1899; m. Catherine McFerren; d. Oct. 17, 1914; aged 68 years. 
Issue : eight children. 

1. Charles Oiler. No issue. 

2. Samuel Oiler. Issue : two children, 

1. Catherine. 

2. Richard. 

3. Amos Oiler. Issue: three children. 

1. Amos. 

2. Lambert. 

3. Nellie, m. a Guilder. One child, May. 

4. John Oiler. Issue: four children. 

1. Blanche. 

2. Louise. 

3. Russel. 

4. Warren. 

5. Lambert Oiler, m. Mollie Stoner. No issue. 

6. Harvey Oiler, d. young. 

7. Jacob Oiler. 

8. Joseph Oiler. 

6. Abraham Oiler, b. May 6, 1836; d. Oct. 6. 1921; m. Lydia 
Secrist. Issue : three children. 

1. Alice, unmarried. 

2. Secrist. Issue : three children. 

1. John. 

2. Paul. 

3. May. 

3 Mamie, unmarried. 

7. Daniel Oiler, b. Aug. 22. 1838; d. June 18, 1911; m. Aug. 22, 
1857, to Ann Elizabeth Hykes ; b. April 18, 1841 ; d. in April 1890; 
m. second time to Sarah Stoler Good. No children to this marriage. 
Issue to first marriage : five children. 

1. John Henry Oiler, b. July 18, 1858; d. in Sept.. 1926; m. 
Annie Shaller. b. Aug. 3, 1856; d. April 18, 1920. Issue: one child. 


1. Bessie S. Oiler, b. July 15, 1885; d. March 19, 1928; m. Frank 
Bennet, Hagerstown, Md., R. D. 

2. George Amos Oiler, b. June 28, 1861 ; d. Feb. 14, 1919; buried 
in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, Pa., m. Anna Florence Hoff- 
man, b. Dec. 15, 1864; d. July 6, 1939. Issue: five children. 

1. Anna Elizabeth Oiler, b. April 13, 1886; m. Sept. 7, 1909, to 
Jason Snively, a patternmaker. Issue : one child. 

1. Richard Oiler Snively, b. March 8, 1914. 

2. Mary Emma Oiler, b. Aug. 15, 1889; m. Aug. 17, 1911, to 
Lloyd Rebok Hoover, who is a merchant in Waynesboro ; b. April 
12, 1887. Issue : five children. 

1. June Elizabeth, b. June 13, 1912; m. June 23, 1939, to John 
Fike; b. April 26, 1913. 

2. Elmer Glenn, b. July 19, 1914 ; m. Alice Lesher, March 4, 1938. 

3. Mildred Florence, b. March 28, 1918. 

4. Gladys Loraine, b. April 18, 1921. 

5. Lucille Belle, b. Oct. 13, 1928. 

3. Daniel George Oiler, b. March 29, 1892; merchant in Waynes- 
boro, Pa.; m. Dec. 25, 1913, to Blanche Ruthrauff ; b. May 13, 1890. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Anna Kathryn. b. July 1, 1916. 

2. Florence Louise, b. Jan. 1, 1919. 

4. Elmer Hoffman Oiler, b. Oct. 4, 1895; m. Dec. 12, 1918 to 
Susanna Rinehart. Farmer ; lives near Smithsburg, Md. Issue : 
three children. 

1. Betty Jane, b. Dec. 27, 1922. 

2. Mary Lou, b. April 4, 1930; d. March 29, 1932. 

3. Elmer George, b. June 14, 1933. 

5. Ruth Naomi Oiler, b. June 28, 1899 ; m. in Aug., 1920 to J. Oram 
Leitzer ; b. in 1897; d. in 1937. He was a farmer and orchardist and 
lived near Hagerstown, Md. Issue : four children. 

1. Frances Loraine, b. Sept. 18, 1921. 

2. Miriam Louise, b. July 4, 1923. 

3. Robert Oiler, b. April 6, 1929. 

4. Anna Mary, b. Jan. 3, 1934. 

3. Mary Susan Oiler, b. July 11, 1863; d. Aug. 14, 1896; m. Aaron 
V. Hoffman, b. Jan. 27, 1862. Issue : seven children. 
1. Annie E. Hoffman, b. Aug. 7, 1884; d. Sept. 30, 1884. 


2. Jesse V. Hoffman, b. Aug. 29, 1885 ; m. Fannie Fleagle, b. in 
1883 ; d. in April, 1940. No issue. 

3. Walter F. Hoffman, b. Feb. 26, 1888; m. Bessie Miller in Jan., 
1911. No issue. 

4. Emmert D. Hoffman, b. May 13, 1890; m. Nov. 23, 1909, to 
Zella H. Hoover. Issue: one child; d. in infancy. 

5. John L. Hoffman, b. Dec. 18, 1892; m. Oct. 21, 1914, to Pearl 
Rice ; b. April 12, 1898. Issue : four children. 

1. Mary Hoffman, b. June 10, 1915; m. Wilbur Wincer, June 11, 
1931 ; b. April 22, 1909. Issue : two children. 

1. Rebecca Jane, b. May 21, 1933. 

2. Pearl Louise, b. June 4, 1936. 

2. Leonard Hoffman, b. Oct. 21, 1917; m. July 21, 1935 to Alice 
Stottler; b. Sept. 16, 1916. 

3. David Hoffman, b. Nov. 28, 1924. 

4. Martha Hoffman, b. Jan. 21, 1936. 

6. Cora M. Hoffman, b. May 22, 1896; d. Aug. 25, 1896. 

7. Ira Hoffman. 

4. Emma Korah Oiler, b. Sept. 27, 1865; m. John Brown. 

5. Effie Rebecca Oiler, b. Feb. 16, 1875 ; the second wife of Aaron 
V. Hoffman. Issue : nine children. 

1. William Earl Hoffman, b. April 8, 1899. 

2. Roy Galen Hoffman, b. Feb. 2, 1901 ; m. Edna Higgs, Oct. 11, 
1923; b. Nov. 9, 1900. Issue: three children. 

1. Frances, b. March 26, 1925. 

2. Doris, b. Oct. 1, 1928. 

3. Joanne, b. March 29, 1932. 

3. Aaron Paul Hoffman, b. March 18, 1904; d. May 31, 1926. 

4. Naomi Oiler Hoffman, b. March 1, 1905; d. Dec. 6, 1929; m. 
April 30, 1925, to Guy Weldon Baer. 

5. Ralph Brown Hoffman, b. Sept. 17, 1909; m. Eleanor Shaffer, 
Nov. 9, 1933; b. Dec. 28, 1911. Issue: two children. 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. Aug. 18, 1935. 

2. Joyce, b. Feb. 12, 1938. 

6. Edna Louise Hoffman, b. May 2, 1911 ; m. on April 7, 1939, to 
Herbert Tenley. Issue : one child. 

1. Connie Lou, b. May 17, 1940. 

7. Irene Lois Hoffman, b. May 2, 1911. 


8. Frederick Mathias Hoffman, b. March 4, 1916; m. Pauline M. 
Ktter; b. Jan. 24, 1915. Issue: one child. 

1. Larry Fred, b. April 5, 1940. 

9. Ruth Elizabeth Hoffman, b. July 10, 1921. 

4. Ann Elizabeth Oiler, b. Jan. 14, 1868; m. in Aug., 1887, to 
Joseph Stouffer; b. June 18, 1863. Issue: three children. 

1. Daniel V. Stouffer, b. Sept. 21, 18S8; m. Mamie Mentzer. Is- 
sue : eleven children. 

1. Hazel, m. Lee Monti, Jan. 25, 1930. 

2. Irene, m. Ray Funk. 

3. Anna. m. Paul Dunlap, Dec. 19, 1935. 

4. Joseph, m. Anna May Frazcr. 

5. Ralph. 

6. Katherine, m. Raymond Helnian. 

7. Margaret. 

8. Fred, m. Alice Keckler. 

9. Ruth. 

10. George. 

11. Betty. 

2. Arby Amos Stouffer, b. June 5, 1894; m, Meda Shockey. Is- 
sue: two children. 

1. Janet, m. Kenneth Oyler. 

2. Mary, m. Herman Kahl. 

3. Pearl E. Stouffer, b. July 10, 1898; m. Feb, 25. 1915, to Harry 
Hare. Issue : one child. 

1. Anna J. Bare, b. July 26, 1917. 

5. Jesse Elias Oiler, b. Jan. 28, 1880; d. Dec. 28, 1880. 
8. Samuel Oiler, b. Jan. 25. 1841; d. July 9, 1922; m. Samantha 
Adams. Issue: five children. 

1. Grace Oiler, m, Philip LcCompt. Issue: three children. 

1. Philip. 

2. Oiler. 

3. John. 

2. Seth Oiler, m. Mary Micksell. Issue: one child. 
1. Carl. 

3. Bashor Oiler, d. in 1939, unmarried. 

4. Archie Oiler, has three children. 

5. Silas, m. Hilda Fowler. Issue: one child. 


1. Fred. 

9. Maryann Oiler, b. Nov. 6, 1843; d. June 23, 1845. 

10. Benjamin Oiler, b. Sept. 6, 1845 ; d. in Aug., 1846. 

3. Nancy (Agnes) Stoner, daughter of David Stoner and Maria 
Mack Stoner; b. Oct. 25, 1807; d. Sept. 8, 1891 ; m. John Flory ; b. 
July 21, 1806; d. Feb. 14, 1857. Issue: four children. 

1. Joseph Flory, married twice ; second wife, Ella Mentzer. Issue : 
four children; one daughter to first union, who died young. 

1. Infant daughter. 

2. Wilbur Flory, m. a Potter. Issue : one daughter. 

3. Guy Flory. 

4. Joseph Flory. 

2. Alfred Flory ; no children. 

3. Mary Flory ; unmarried. 

4. Elizabeth Flory, b. Sept. 25, 1842; d. Nov. 21, 1877; unmarried. 
4. Susannah Stoner, daughter of David and Maria Mack Stoner, 

b. Nov. 29, 1804; d. Jan. 16, 1885; m. Christian Snively; b. Jan. 18, 
1788; d. March 15, 1855. Issue: seven children. 

1. John Snively, m. Sarah Benedict. She died in March 1919 at 
the age of 88 years. Issue: four children. 

1. Ed Snively, m. Ida Ambrose. 

2. Emma Snively, m. George Hoover. 

3. John Snively, m. Sadie Negley. 

4. Charles Snively, m. Eliza Shockey. 

2. David Snively, m. Elizabeth Bonebrake. Issue : six children. 

1. David Snively, m. Miss Krise. Issue: two sons and one daugh- 

2. Daniel Snively, m. Emma Tritle. Issue : two children. 

1. Richard Snively, m. Anna Hunter. Issue: one son and one 

2. Chester Snively, m. a Mumma. Issue : two daughters. 

3. Margaret Snively, unmarried. 

4. Alice. 

5. Minnie, m. a Kauffman. 

6. Annie, m. a Phipps. 

3. Daniel Snively, m. Linnie Bell. Issue : one son. 

4. Elizabeth Snively, d. Dec. 2, 1888, aged 59 y. 10 m. 25 d.; in. 
Jacob Wiles. Issue : five children. 


1. Daniel Wiles, his children all dead. 

2. Frank Wiles, m. Sallie Baker. 

3. Mary Wiles, m. John Snowberger. 

4. Emma Wiles, m. Ed Shockey ; b. Dec. 25, 1868; d. April 2, 
1909. He was born Aug. 25, 1870; d. May 2, 1938. Issue: six 

1. Elmer Glenn Shockey, b. June 7, 1890; m. Helen Rogers. No 

2. Mabel Elizabeth Shockey, b. Oct. 26, 1891 ; m. Carl Snively, 
who died in Sept. 1919. Issue: three children. 

1. iPearl Louise Snively, b. April 9, 1913; m. Gordon Smith, Jan. 
1, 1937. 

2. Marguerite Elizabeth Snively, b. Dec. 13, 1914. 

3. John Edgar Snively, b. April 7, 1917. 

Mabel Snively married second husband, Nov. 7, 1923, Norman 

3. Meda Pearl Shockey, b. Sept. 16, 1894; m. Arby Stouffer, Sept. 
16, 1914. Issue : two children. 

1. Janet Cornelia Stouffer, b. July 3, 1915; m. Kenneth B. Oyler. 
June 18, 1936. 

2. Mary Evelyn Stouffer, b. Aug. 21, 1918; m. Herman C. Kahl, 
Oct. 25, 1940. 

4. Robert McKinley Shockey, b. Nov. 26, 1897; m. Mary New- 
comer in 1922. Issue : three children. 

1. Miriam, b. March 30, 1926. 

2. Elizabeth, b. in March 1928. 

3. Dorothy, b. in Jan. 1938. 

5. Mary Irene, b. Dec. 7, 1901 ; m. Laban R. Wingert, March 4, 
1926. Issue : one child. 

1. Joan Lucile, b. July 2, 1927. 

6. Alice Evelyn Shockey, b. Oct. 19, 1904; m. Jesse M. Baer, 
Sept. 3, 1926. Issue: one son. 

1. Jesse Robert, b. Oct. 31, 1927. 

5. Harry Wiles, m. ; no other information. 

5. Mary Snively, m. Samuel Needy. Issue: ten children. 

1. Charles Needy. 

2. Harry Needy. 

3. Carrie Needy, m. John Rinehart. 

4. Mary Needy, married. 


5. George Needy, married. 

6. Laura Needy, unmarried. 

7. Samuel Needy, m. Hattie Scott. 

8. Sudie Needy, m. Leslie Embley. 

9. Mabel Needy, unmarried; lives in Waynesboro, Pa. 

10. Robert Needy ; m. Miss Scott. 

6. Jacob Snively, b. Dec. 31, 1844; d. Sept. 26, 1937; m. Nov. 12, 
1867, to Mary Amanda Hammaker; b. Aug. 31, 1848; d. Nov. 17, 
1920. Issue : ten children. 

1. Charles Snively, m. Emma Rinehart. Issue: one child. 

1. Ethel Snively, m. Lewis Johnson. Issue: 

1. Charles. 

2. Annie B. Snively, in. Jacob Howe. Issue: ten children. 

1. Charles Howe, m. Iva Fox. 

2. Russel Howe, m. Bess Gladhill. 

3. Ruth, m. John Reed. 

4. Luther, m. Grace Gantz. 

5. Frank. 

6. Joseph, m. a Reed. 

7. Matilda. 

8. Helen. 

9. Robert. 

10. David. 

3. Walter Snively, b. May 25, 1870; d. Feb. 2, 1872. 

4. Joseph Snively, m. Emma Bonebrake. Issue : one child. 
1. Hazel. 

5. Ella May Snively, unmarried. 

6. Franklin Snively, m. Nettie Fisher. Issue: two children. 

1. Donald. 

2. Frances. 

7. Jason Snively, m. Annie Oiler. Issue : one child. 
1. Richard O. Snively. 

8. Sudie, unmarried. 

9. Arthur J., d. in youth. 

10. Helen Snively, unmarried. 

5. John Stoner, son of David and Maria Mack Stoner ; b. July 
17, 1806; d. Feb. 21, 1882; m. Mary (Polly) McFerren; b. in 1805; 
d. Jan. 15, 1889. Issue : 


1. Susannah Stoner, b. Feb. 14, 1829; d. unmarried. 

2. Nancy Stoner, b. Dec. 16, 1830; m. a Rowland. 

3. Mary Stoner, b. March 17, 1833; d. unmarried. 

4. David Stoner, b. June 3, 1834; d. May 13, 1903; m. Amanda 

5. Emmanuel Stoner, b. Sept. 1836; d. Sept. 29, 1836. 

6. Daniel Stoner, b. March 25, 1840; d. unmarried. 

7. John W. Stoner, b. Nov. 1, 1837; d. Dec. IS, 1907; m. Nancy 

8. Abraham Stoner, b. Oct. 14, 1842. 

9. Elizabeth Stoner, b. March 11, 1845; d. Oct. 31, 1928; m. Sam- 
uel Geiser; b. Oct. 24, 1834; d. Oct. 25, 1907. Issue: seven children. 

1. Daisy Geiser, m. a Koontz. 

2. May Geiser, m. Dr. Farquar. No children. 

3. Allen Geiser, m. Carrie Rinehart. No issue. 

4. Nancy Geiser, unmarried. 

5. Virgin Geiser, unmarried. 

6. John Geiser, m. Vera Brenner. 

7. Susanne Geiser, m. Lee Huyett. One child, Merrick, died 

Susanna Mack, daughter of Jacob and Hannah Englehard Mack, 
was born Jan. 18, 1768, and died Nov. 1773. 

Salome Mack, daughter of Jacob and Hannah Englehard Mack, 
was born March 30, 1771, and died Aug. 14, 1793. 

Nancy Mack, daughter of Jacob and Hannah and Englehard 
Mack, was born near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, Sept. 20, 1774. 
The line of descent is Alexander Mack, Sr., John Mack, Jacob 
Mack, and N'ancy Mack. She died March 22, 1874, having almost 
reached the long span of one hundred years. She was united in 
marriage to John Benedict. To this union were born three children : 

1. Jacob Benedict, b. Feb. 1, 1810; d. 1892; m. March 2, 183S, 
to Susannah Wilt; b. March 6, 1814; d. Sept. 7, 1899. To this union 
were born eleven children ; 

1. Margaret Ann Benedict, b. Dec. 15, 1838; m. James Heefner, 
who died May 5, 1915. Issue: nine children. 

1. Abram Heefner, b. Oct. 4, 1856; d. Jan. 19, 1929; m. Martha 
Sprenkle. Issue: two children. 

1. Nellie S. Heefner, m. Warren J. Snader. Present address: 
Waynesboro, Pa. Issue : one child. 


1. Miriam Snader, in. William Knupp; d. July 28, 1928. No issue. 

2. Anna F. Heefner, m. Earl Eshelman. Issue : one child. 
1. Robert Eshelman, m. Florence Shively. Issue: one child. 

1. John Edwin Eshelman. 

2. Annie F. Heefner, b. May 13, 1852; in. l«cwis Huff. Issue 
live children. 

1. Maude Huff, m. Sidney King. Issue: two children. 

1. Wilson King. 

2. Airlaine King. 

2. Lilly Huff, m. John Hart. No Issue. 

3. James B. Huff, m. Adeliene Brenner; deceased. Issue: two 

1. Frances Huff, m. Ray Lawrence. 

2. Mary Huff. 

Issue to second wife, who was Betty Vantassel : 
1. George Lewis Huff. 

4. Charles Huff, m. Alta Hollinger. Issue : two children. 

1. Roena Huff. 

2. Dean Huff. 

5. Susanna Ada Huff, m. Robert Sease. Issue : three children. 

1. Theda Sease. 

2. June Sease. 

3. Robert Sease. 

3. Araminta M. Heefner, b. Dec. 28, 1866; m. Samuel Bushman. 
Issue : eight children. 

1. Clyde Bushman, m. Dorcas Nunemaker. Issue: one child. 

1. Susan Bushman. 

2. Roy Bushman, m. Minnie Galbraith. No Issue. 

3. Laura Bushman, m. Rush Spangler. Issue: six children. 

1. Anna Spangler. 

2. Edgar Spangler. 

3. Jay Spangler. 

4. Robert Spangler. 

5. Betty Spangler. 

6. Dorothy Spangler. 

4. Mary Bushman, m. Roy Gluck. Issue: three children. 
1. Chester Gluck. 


2. Wilson Gluck. 

3. Kenneth Gluck. 

5. Grace Bushman, m. Sterling Chamberlain. Issue : three 

1. Robert Chamberlain. 

2. Anna May Chamberlain. 

3. Kenneth Chamberlain. 

6. Pearl Bushman, m. Dorsey Gluck. Issue : six children. 

1. Joseph Gluck. 

2. Ebbert Gluck. 

3. Samuel Gluck. 

4. Roy Gluck. 

5. Lawrence Gluck. 

6. Dorothy Gluck. 

7. Esther Bushman, m. Lawrence Hulet. Issue : four children. 

1. Elaine Hulet. 

2. Ernest Hulet. 

3. Luquita Hulet. 

4. William Hulet. 

8. Lester Bushman, unmarried. 

4. Jacob B. Heefner, b. April 7, 1869; m. Katie Tubb. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Leanore Heefner. 

2. Conrad Heefner. 

3. Kenneth Heefner. 

5. George W. Heefner, b. Nov. 28, 1870 ; m. Effie Sprenkle. Pres- 
ent address : Clayton Ave., Waynesboro, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Esther Heefner, m. Lester H. Lehman. Issue: one child. 

1. Lester H. Lehman. 

2. G. Earl Heefner, m. Mrs. Alma Fahrney Remus. 

3. Allen Heefner, m. Eleanor B. Good. 

6. James Heefner, b. Jan. 22, 1873 ; m. Katie Brindle. Issue : 
seven children. 

1. Orpha Heefner. 

2. Martha Heefner. 

3. Edna Heefner, m. Dennie Buckingham. 

4. Anna Heefner, m. Nathan Meyer. Adopted son Kenneth. 


5. Catherine Heefner, m. Paul Stevenson. Issue : two children. 

1. Paul Stevenson. 

2. Barry Stevenson. 

6. Dorothy Heefner, m. Blaine Geyer. Issue : one child. 
1. J. B. Geyer. 

7. Mary Heefner, m. Edward Markel. No issue. 

7. John F. Heefner, b. June 1, 1875; m. Mary Kaufman. Issue: 
five children. 

1. Emmert Heefner. 

2. Mary Heefner. 

3. Naomi Heefner. 

4. Marcella Heefner. 

5. Fred Heefner. 

8. Charles D. Heefner, b. Oct. 24, 1877 ; m. Ella Mauges. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Benjamin L. Heefner, attorney at Chambersburg, Pa.; m. 
Pearl Gardner. Issue : two children. 

1. Lowell Heefner. 

2. Linda Heefner. 

2. Margaret Heefner, unmarried; lives at Quincy, Pa. 

9. Grace O. Heefner, b. Jan. 5, 1880; m. Albert Potter. No issue. 
2. Daniel Wilt Benedict, b. March 29, 1840; m. Matilda Stover. 

Issue : seven children. 

1. Susan Catherine Benedict, b. Dec. 19, 1865; m. William Weis- 
ner ; d. Oct. 25, 1918. 

2. Roseann Eliza Benedict, b. Feb. 19, 1867 ; m. John C. Bushman. 
Issue : 

1. Ann Elizabeth Bushman, b. Oct. 15, 1906. 

3. J. Stoler Benedict, b. Oct. 28, 1868; unmarried. Present ad- 
dress : Waynesboro, R. D., Pa. 

4. Iva May Benedict, b. Sept. 25, 1870; unmarried. Present ad- 
dress : Waynesboro, R. D., Pa. 

5. Walter S. Benedict, b. Feb. 18, 1873; unmarried. 

6. Ira D. Benedict, b. July 25, 1877; m. Sarah Sollenberger ; d. 
May 2, 1939. Issue : three children. 

1. John W. Benedict, m. Dorothy Newcomer. 

2. Harper D. Benedict, m. Virginia Drake. Issue: two children. 

1. Dona Jane Benedict. 

2. Virginia Kay Benedict. 


3. Ralph J. Benedict, m. Kay Tewalt. Issue: one child. 
1. Edith Jane Benedict. 

7. Bertha Benedict, b. Dec. 19, 1879; d. Jan. 19, 1917. 
3. Nancy Mack Benedict, b. June 18, 1841 ; m. Elias Flory. Issue: 
four children. 

1. Josiah L. Flory, m. Jennie Deardorf. Issue: six children. 

1. Harry Preston Flory, b. 1895; d. 1896. 

2. Edward Deardorf Flory, b. 1896; m. 1918 to Annie Williams. 
No issue. 

3. Lester B. Flory, m. in 1927 to Mary E. Kauffman. Issue: two 

1. William Joseph Flory, b, 1931. 

2. Robert Denton Flory, 1). 1932. 

4. Guy L. Flory, b. 1900; ni. 1920 to Hazel Price Wingert. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Marie Flory. b. 1923. 

2. Lucile Flory, b. 1927. 

3. Joan Flory, b. 1931. 

5. Ray Peter Flory, b. 1933; m. 1923 to Lola Myers. 

6. Gladys Myrtle Flory, b. 1910; m. 1928 to Daniel Berklite. Is- 
sue: two children. 

1. Richard Berklite, b. 1928. 

2. Barry Ray Berklite, b. 1937. 

2. Lydia Myrtle Flory. 

3. Sadie Elizabeth Flory. 

4. Harry A. Flory. 

4. Jacob Alexander Benedict, b. Nov. 22, 1842; m. Laura Bailey; 
moved to Kansas where the family was born, and where most of 
them live. Issue: five children. 

1. Arthur Benedict, married and has one son. 

2. Bessie Benedict, m. a Povenmire. Issue: three children. 

1. Hazel Povenmire. 

2. Wilma Povenmire, m. a Bacon. 

3. Wilfred Povenmire. 

3. Bertha Benedict, m, a Dailey. Issue : three children. 

1. M. Dailey. 

2. Clyde Dailey. 

3. Laura Louise Dailev. 


4. Clarence A. Benedict. Issue: five children. Names of two are 
at hand : 

1. Howard Benedict. 

2. Clarence Benedict, Jr. 

5. Walter Edward Benedict. 

5. Anna Eliza Benedict, b. April 26, 1844; d. 1929; m. Joseph J". 
Emmert ; b. 1845 ; d. 1906. He was a deacon in the Church of the 
Brethren in Waynesboro, Pa. To this union were born four children : 

1. Jesse Benedict Emmert, b. near Waynesboro, Pa., Oct. 11, 1873. 

Early in life he learned the patternmaking trade, after which lie 
entered Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa., financing his course by 
working in the factory during his vacations. In December 1895 he 
united with the Church of the Brethren at Waynesboro, Pa., dedi- 
cating his life fully to his Saviour. In 1902 he graduated from col- 
lege and in October of that year sailed for the India mission field. 
Two years later he was joined by his fiancee, Miss Gertrude Row- 
land. When, after sixteen years of service, he was obliged to leave 
India on account of his wife's health, he continued his work in 
Juniata College for his B.D. degree. In 1921 he became instructor 
of Bible and Religious Education at LaVerne College, California, 
and later became a member of its Trustee Board. For twelve years 
he served as director of Religious Education of the Church of the 
Brethren of the Pacific Coast Region. For almost nine years he 
served as a member of the Mission Board of the Church of the 
Brethren. In 1928 with Rev. C. D. Bonsack he visited the mission 
fields of the church in Africa. While en route to a meeting of this 
Board, he became seriously ill and died a few days after reaching 
Chicago. "In his death the church sustained a great loss — the loss 
of a prince and a man of God." 

He was united in marriage to Gertrude Rowland on Feb. 23, 1905. 
She was from Hagerstown, Md. Issue : three children. 

1. Lloyd Emmert, b. in India; m. Grace Eisenbise; live in Cali- 
fornia. Issue : two children. 

1. Rowland Emmert. 

2. Douglas Emmert. 

2. Anna Emmert, m. Marvin Bollinger. Present address: Pomona, 
Calif. Issue: one child. 

1. Howard Dale Bollinger. 

3. Mary Emmert, b. in India ; m. Alvin Stayer. Issue : two children. 


1. Linda Stayer. 

2. Lee Stayer. 

2. Edith G. Emmert, b. Aug. 10, 1875 in Waynesboro, Pa.; m. 
Frank Miller. Issue: four children. 

1. Ralph E. Miller, b. Feb. 11, 1899, in Waynesboro, Pa.; m. Marie 
Fowler. Issue : one child. 

1. Edward Miller. 

2. Robert Miller, b. April 30, 1904, in Waynesboro, Pa. 

3. Richard Miller (a twin), b. March 2, 1915. 

4. Anna Miller (a twin), b. March 2, 1915; married; lives at 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. No issue. 

3. Harvey D. Emmert, b. Sept. 21, 1877, in Altoona, Pa.; m. Aug. 
7, 1912, to Leila M. Boerner of Waynesboro, Pa.; he is a minister in 
the Church of the Brethren and pastor of the Nappanee, Ind., 
Church. Present address : 902 East Market St., Nappanee, Ind. Is- 
sue : one child. 

1. Denton B. Emmert, b. Feb. 1915 in Waynesboro, Pa.; m. Mary 
Keith of Altoona. Present address : 4040 Seventh St., N. E., Wash- 
ington, D. C. Issue : two children. 

1. Lois Virginia Emmert, b. Dec. 24, 1938. 

2. George Frederick Emmert, b. 1940. 

4. Sudie M. Emmert, b. May 21, 1880, in Waynesboro, Pa.; m. 
John McCleary (widower). Present address : 63 Lincoln Way, West, 
Chambersburg, Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Ruth F. McCleary, b. June 4, 1905, in Waynesboro, Pa.; m. 
Ray Armstrong, Huntingdon, R. D., ,Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Lois Jean Armstrong, b. July 9, 1935, at Knepper Station, Pa. 

2. John Edwin Armstrong, b. Sept. 5, 1937. 

2. Josephine McCleary, b. Jan. 14, 1907, in Waynesboro, Pa. ; un- 
married. Present address : 63 Lincoln Way, West, Chambersburg, 

3. Keller McCleary, b. March 7, 1913. in Waynesboro. Pa. ; m. 
Virginia Snively of Chambersburg, Pa. Present address : 137 South 
Potomac St., Waynesboro, Pa. 

4. Lester McCleary, b. Aug. 25, 1919, in Waynesboro, Pa. Pres- 
ent address : 63 Lincoln Way, West, Chambersburg, Pa. 

6. Samuel Benedict, son of Jacob and Susanna Wilt Benedict, 
was born near Waynesboro. Pa.. March 31, 1846. He married Anna 
A. Stoner. Issue : four children. 


1. Ida M. Benedict, b. in 1874; m. W. T. Hess in 1893; b. in 1869. 
Issue : ten children. 

1. Ray B. Hess, b. 1894; m. Minnie Lesher in 1930; b. in 1904. 
Issue: four children. 

1. Robert K. Hess, b. 1931. 

2. Dorothy L. Hess, b. 1936. 

3. Donald L. Hess, b. 1938. 

4. Lloyd W. Hess, b. 1940. 

2. Ruth M. Hess, b. in 1899; m. Levi A. Lesher; b. 1898. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Evelyn M. Lesher, b. 1923. 

2. Mabel G. Lesher, b. 1929. 

3. Marion L. Lesher, b. 1932. 

3. Naomi E. Hess, b. 1900 ; m. Samuel B. Garber. Issue : one child. 
1. Jesse F. Garber, b. 1928. 

4. Maude L. Hess, b. 1902. 

5. Ada F. Hess, b. 1903. 

6. Anna L. Hess, b. 1906; d. 1935. 

7. S. Benedict Hess, b. 1908. 

8. Leslie M. Hess, b. 1911 ; m. Margaret Schroyer in 1937. Issus: 
one child. 

1. Jane Ann Hess, b. 1940. 

9. Irene Hess, b. 1916. 

10. Olive Hess, b. 1919; d. 1922. 

2. Susan Elizabeth Benedict, b. 1876; m. Frank Fox. Present ad- 
dress : Hagerstown, Md. Issue : seven children. The names are not 
at hand. 

3. Anna Myrtle Benedict, b. 1878; m. Charles Cook. Present ad 
dress : Chambersburg, Pa., R. 5. Issue : seven children. 

1. Lester B. Cook, b. 1899; m. Gladys Duffield. Issue: two chil- 

1. Anna Cook. 

2. James Cook. 

2. Hazel Cook, m. Alburtus Fahrney. Issue : two children. 

1. Alburtus, Jr. 

2. Patsy Ann. 

3. Edna Cook, m. Clarence Lesher. 

4. Anna Cook. 


5. Robert Cook. 

6. Glen Cook. 

7. Kathleen Cook, m. Frank Fraker. 

4. Carrie B. Benedict, m. Fred S. Fox. Present address : 3556 
Fifth Ave., Chicago, 111. Issue: six children. 

1. Lillian Gladys Fox, b. 1902; deceased. 

2. Elvin Benedict Fox, b. 1903 ; deceased. 

3. Harvey F. Fox, b. 1905 ; deceased. 

4. Lorraine Fox, b. 1907 ; m. a Moody ; deceased. 

5. Alton S. Fox, b. 1909; m. llo May Miller. Issue: one child. 
1. Shirley Ann Fox, b. 1939. 

6. Cietus Mack Fox, b. 1914. 

7. John Benedict, b. 1848; unmarried. 

8. Josiah Benedict, b. Oct. 6, 1849; m. Henrietta Elliott. Issue: 
five children. 

1. Carrie Estella Benedict, ni. a Martindale. Issue: two children. 

1. Paul K. Martindale. 

2. Lorna Doone Martindale, m. a Stutzman. 

2. Araminta Rosa Benedict, m. a Thomas. Issue : one child. 
1. Melva Maria Thomas. 

3. Jacob Wilt Benedict. One child: 

1. Velma Louella Benedict, m. a Bergman. 

4. Mertle Louise Benedict, m. a Wilhelm. 

5. Josiah Grant Benedict. 

The above family of Benedicts live in Coffee Co., Kans. 

9. Fanny B. Benedict, b. 1851 ; d. 1917 ; m. Henry S. Shank, b. 
1848; d. 1910. Issue: four children. 

1. Araminta Shank, b. 1879; m. Harry A. Miller; b. in 1879. 

2. Susan Shank, b. 1881 ; m. Frank B. Minnick: b. in 1877. Issue: 
two children. 

1. Preston Minnick, b. 1913. 

2. Lloyd Minnick, b. 1916. 

3. Frances Shank, 1>. 1887 ; m. a Deardorff. 

4. Jacob B. Shank, b. 1889; m. Esther Barnett ; b. 1895. Issue: 
eight children. 

1. Fanny Catherine, b. 1917; m. a Hardeman. 

2. Ruth Barnett Shank, b. 1919; d. 1921. 

3. Minta May Shank, b. 1920. 

4. June Anna Shank, b. 1921. 


5. Martha Frances Shank, b. 1922; ra. a Mann. 

6. John Henry Shank, b. 1926. 

7. Susan Benedict Shank, b. 1928. 

8. Jay Barnett Shank, b. 1931. 

10. Susannah Benedict, b, 1854; unmarried. 

11. Amanda Benedict, h. April 1, 1858; unmarried. 

2. Daniel Mack Benedict, second child of John and Nancy Mack 
Benedict, was born near Waynesboro, Pa., May 8, 1812, and died 
Sept. 1, 1895. He is buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery (Alexander Mack, 
John Mack, Jacob Mack, Nancy Mack Benedict, Daniel Mack Bene- 
dict). He was united in marriage to Eliza Dunkle, who was torn 
March 26, 1816 and died May 18, 1900. Issue: nine children. 

1. John Dunkle Benedict, b. Nov. 19, 1839; ra. Nov. 28, 1861, to 
Susan Elizabeth Good; Aug. 21, 1839; d. Sept. 13, 1911. He was a 
member of the German Baptist Church, known as the Old Order, 
and a minister in the church. Issue: thirteen children. 

1. Welty G. Benedict, b. Sept. 26, 1862; m. Dec. 31, 1886, to Anna 
Sheller. Issue : four children. 

1. Walter S., b. Nov. 5, 1887; d. Sept. 18, 1883. 

2. Edgar, b. Jan. 29, 1889; single. 

3. Mary, b. March 15, 1893; m. to Arthur ISayer. Issue: 

1. Arthur. 

2. Walter. 

3. Elizabeth. 

4. John S., b. Jan. 23, 1896; m. May Mathney. 

2. Emma Benedict, b. June 19, 1864; m. Feb. 8, 1887, to Mahlon 
Garber. Issue : seven children. 

1. Clara M. Garber, b. Jan. 22, 1888; m. Milton Winger. 

2. Alice S. Garber, b. Nov. 19, 18S9. 

3. Welty Garber, b. March 10. 1891. 

4. Harry B. Garber, b. Sept. 22, 1893. 

5. Rachel Garber, b. March 22, 1897. 

6. Emmert Garber, b. Jan. 5, 1899; in. Naomi E. Hess. 

7. Dennie Garber, 1). June 14, 1904. 

3. Alice Benedict, b. Feb. 9, 1866; m. Fel). 6, 1906, to Jeremiah 
Knepper. Issue : one child. 
1. Bruce B. Knepper. b. Nov. 9, 1907. 


4. Minnie Benedict, b. Feb. 19, 1868; m. Dec. 25, 1890, to Noah 
E. Lesher. Issue: five children. 

1. John B. Lesher, b. April 11, 1892. 

2. Harry A. Lesher, b. Sept. 5, 1893. 

3. Mary B. Lesher, b. March 27, 1896. 

4. Levi A. Lesher, b. Feb. 22, 1898; m. 
Ruth M. Hess. 

5. Minnie B. Lesher, b. Feb. 19, 1904; m. 
Ray B. Hess. 

5. Elizabeth G. Benedict, b. Jan. 25, 1870; 

6. John Good Benedict, b. April 21, 1872; 
m. Lula Scott Downey on Feb. 16, 1900. He 
was a banker, president of the Landis Tool 
Company, and also president of the Canadian 
Landis Machine Company. Died in the 

Waynesboro, iPa., Hospital, Aug. 4, 1942, after a long illness. Burial 
at Waynesboro. Issue : two children. 

1. J. Downey Benedict; an attorney. 

2. Helen Downey Benedict; an M.D. in New York City. 

7. Harry Good Benedict, b. Jan. 25, 1874; m. on Nov. 3, 1896, to 
Emma Harshman. Issue: seven children. 

1. Ida Susan Benedict, b. 1897. 

2. A. Russel Benedict, b. 1899. 

3. Mary M. Benedict, b. 1900. 

4. Ethel Benedict, b. 1902. 

5. Henry Benedict, b. 1903. 

6. John M. Benedict, b. 1906. 

7. Emma S. Benedict, b. 1909. 

John Good Benedict 

8. Ida Benedict, b. Jan. 11, 1876; m. Dec. 22, 1898, to Harry M. 
Slouthour. Issue: three children. 

1. Charles B. Slouthour, b. Jan. 17, 1900. 

2. Clarence Slouthour, b. Sept. 23, 1903. 

3. Rhoda Slouthour, b. Jan. 11, 1912. 

9. Christiana Benedict, b. Dec. 16, 1877; d. Jan. 2, 1878. 

10. Daniel Good Benedict, b. Feb. 12, 1879; m. Nov. 9, 1904, to 
Laura V. Heintselman. Present address : Waynesboro, Pa. He is 


in the hardware business and is interested in other lines of work. 
Issue : one child. 

I. Earl H. Benedict, b. June 22, 1908. 

II. Ezra G. Benedict, b. Jan. 10, 1881 ; m. Dec. 10, 1903, to Lizzie 
M. Wingert. Issue : five children. 

1. Jesse F. Benedict, b. April 28, 1905. 

2. Glen W. Benedict, b. April 18, 1907. 

3. Hazel E. Benedict, b. March 25, 1908; d. May 24, 1908. 

4. Elizabeth M. Benedict, b. July 18, 1909. 

5. Abram B. Benedict, b. Aug. 16, 1910. 

12. Silas Good Benedict, b. July 14, 1888 ; m. March 20, 1912, to 
Lillian DuVal Clark. 

13. David S. Benedict, b. July 18, 1887; m. Dec. 12, 1909, to 
Emma G. Wingert. 

2. Rebecca Benedict, daughter of Daniel Mack and Eliza Dunkle 
Benedict, b. March 10, 1842; d. Dec. 1, 1917; m. in 1860 to William 
Knepper. Issue : four children. 

1. Mary Alice Knepper, b. Nov. 9, 1861 ; d. Dec. 19, 1861. 

2. Mary Elizabeth Knepper, b. Sept. 1862; d. Oct. 26, 1923; m. 
Nov. 1, 1906, to Rev. John H. Keller. Present address: Shrewsbury, 
Pa. No issue. 

3. Emmaline Benedict Knepper, b. Feb. 25, 1865 ; d. Sept. 25, 
1931 ; unmarried. 

4. Jeanetta Knepper, b. June 26, 1867 ; m. Oct. 20, 1887, to Rev. 
Welty G. Smith. Present address: Waynesboro, R. 1, Pa. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Archie Benedict Smith, b. April 19, 1889; d. Feb. 25, 1893. 

2. Edith Rebecca Smith, b. Aug. 18, 1891 ; d. Aug. 30, 1892. 

3. Grace Estella Smith, b. Aug. 19, 1893; teacher at Quincy, Pa. 

3. Nancy Ellen Benedict, b. in 1844 ; died when six months old. 

4. Mary Ann Benedict, b. 1845 ; d. 1925 ; m. William Harshman. 
Issue : three children. 

1. Daniel Harshman, d. when twenty-five years old; unmarried. 

2. Elizabeth Harshman, m. Aaron Fahrney. Present address : 
Waynesboro, R. D., Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Albertus Fahrney. 

2. Mary Fahrney, m. Boyd Walters. Issue : four children. 

1. Shirely. 

2. Nancv Ellen. 


3. Betty. 

4. Wayne. 

3. Jacob Harshman, m. Edith McFerren. 

5. Joanna Benedict, b. Aug. 19, 1848; d. Jan. 14, 1937; m. Nov, 
11, 1869, to Rev. Isaac Riddlesberger. Issue: seven children. 

1. Elizabeth Riddlesberger, b. Aug. 4, 1870; in. Oct. 4, 1892, to 
John William Garrett. Issue : five children. 

1. Anna Garrett, b. June IS, 1895 ; m. Marion W. Grigsby. Present 
address : Arlington Heights, 111. Issue : one child. 

1. Richard Garrett Grigsby. 

2. John W. Garrett, b. July 15, 1897; m. 1925 to Leah Holderinan. 
Present address : Glen Ellyn, 111. Issue : one child. 

1. Barbara Leah Garrett. 

3. Earl R. Garrett, b. March 18, 1899; banker in Philadelphia, 
Pa.; ni. June 1926 to Elsie Koch. Issue: three children. 

1. Elsie May Garrett. 

2. Doris Elizabeth Garrett. 

3. Earl William Garrett. 

4. Charles Richard Garrett, b. Feb. 17, 1903; dentist in Hershey, 
Pa. ; m. 1926 to Irene Weiss. Issue : two children. 

1. Charles Richard Garrett. 

2. James William Garrett. 

5. Daniel Raymond Garrett, b. Feb. 25, 1908; dentist, Ephrata, 
Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Mildred Elizabeth Garrett. 

2. Martha Louise Garrett. 

3. Marilyn Joan Garrett. 

2. Anna Riddlesberger, b. May 8, 1873; d. Oct. 27, 1901; m. 1898 
to John D. McCleary. 

3. John Benedict Riddlesberger, b. Sept. 9, 1876; d. July 15, 1914, 
at DeKalb, 111. ; m. Evalda Don. Issue : two children. 

1. Frank Riddlesberger, married; has two children; lives in 

2. Dorothy Riddlesberger, m. an Oleson; has two children. 

4. Daniel Benedict Riddlesberger, b. Sept. 9, 1880; m. Oct. 14, 
1908, to Katlierine Nicodemus ; laundrymau. Present address: 106 
East 3rd Street, Waynesboro, Pa. Issue : one child. 


1. Margaret Riddlesberger, m. Eugene Arthur. No issue. 

5. Henry Merchline Riddlesberger, b. Dec. 6, 1884; m. 1909 to 
Ethel Mills; real estate dealer; Waynesboro, .Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Merchline Mills Riddlesberger, m. Maye Kitzmiller; dentist. 
Present address : Carlisle, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Samuel Riddlesberger. 

2. James Riddlesberger. 

6. Elmer Isaac Riddlesberger, b. Oct. 12, 1886; d. July IS, 1904. 

7. Margie Riddlesberger, b. April 1, 1891 ; d. Feb. 22, 1892. 

6. Elizabeth Benedict, b. 1850; m. John Burger. Present address: 
Waynesboro, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Phoebe Burger, m. Daniel Miller. Present address: West Main 
Street, Waynesboro, Pa. 

7. Susan Benedict, b. 1852; d. 1938; unmarried. 

8. Daniel Mack Benedict, b. Dec. 16, 1854; d. at Mt. Alto, Pa., 
Feb. 14, 1915; was a farmer and lived in Franklin Co., Pa. He was 
a minister in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church. He 
was married in 1881 to Isabella Price Norris. 

Isabella Norris Benedict, b. July 23, 1858; d. June 16, 1908. Issue: 
eleven children. 

1. Daniel Norris Benedict, b. Jan. 23, 1882; m. Sept. 12, 1917, to 
Ethel Washabaugh. He is president of the Frick Company of 
Waynesboro and interested in other lines of work. He has aided in 
this production and is interested in family history. Present address : 
203 Clayton Ave., Waynesboro, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Amy Kathrine Benedict, b. Aug. 11, 1920. 

2. Florence E. Benedict, b. Feb. 6, 1883. 

3. Henry Mahlon Benedict, b. Aug. 12, 1884. Present address : 
Waynesboro, Pa. He is a member of the German Baptist Brethren 
Church. He is one of the historians of the Mack and Benedict 
family, and has made contributions to this production. He is un- 

4. Irvin Benedict, b. Sept. 23, 1885 ; m. Minnie Good. Issue : six 

1. Welty Benedict, b. Aug. 18, 1914. 

2. Clara Benedict, b. Feb. 11, 1916. 

3. Elva Benedict, b. June 24, 1917. 

4. Alice Benedict, b. Aug. 30, 1918. 


5. Rhoda Benedict, b. Dec. 3, 1920. 

6. Daniel Benedict, b. Aug. 16, 1922. 

5. Willis Edgar Benedict, b. Dec. 31, 1886. 

6. Clara Belle Benedict, b. Dec. 6, 1888; d. May 7, 1892. 

7. Ada Frances Benedict, b. Feb. 7, 1891. 

8. Wilbur Benedict, b. Sept. 18, 1893 ; m. Ruth Patterson. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Barbara Benedict. 

2. Joan Benedict. 

9. Beulah Benedict, b. Nov. 11, 1895. 

10. Edith Louise Benedict, b. Jan. 23, 1898; in. R. L. Fox. Issue: 
two children. 

1. Harold Fox, b. 1924. 

2. David James Fox, b. 1930. 

11. Louis Franklin Benedict, b. May 1, 1900; m. March, 1929, to 
Martha Stoner. Issue : eight children. 

1. Frederick Wayne Benedict, b. Jan. 16, 1930. 

2. Frances Eileen Benedict, b. Dec. 30, 1930. 

3. Florence Irene Benedict, b. Jan. S, 1932. 

4. Emma Marillis Benedict (a twin), b. Nov. 7, 1935. 

5. Isabella May Benedict (a twin), b. Nov. 7, 1935. 

6. Laura Louise Benedict, b. Jan. 2, 1937. 

7. Marjorie Jean Benedict, b. Nov. 9, 1938. 

8. Franklin Stoner Benedict, b. Aug. 14, 1940. 

9. Henry Merchline Benedict, b. Aug. 18, 1857; d. Sept. 29, 1882; 

3. The third child of John and Nancy Mack Benedict was born 
June 1, 1815, and given the name of Elizabeth (Alexander Mack, 
John Mack, Jacob Mack, Nancy Mack Benedict, Elizabeth Bene- 
dict). She married John Secrest who was born in 1809 and died 
Oct. 4, 1861. She died Feb. 6, 1890, and is buried in Welsh Run 
Cemetery of tie Church of the Brethren, Franklin Co., Pa. Her 
husband is buried on the Secrest farm near Welsh Run. Issue: five 

1. Jacob Benedict Secrest, b. Feb. 22, 1841; d. Feb. 4, 1883. 
Issue : eight children. 

1. Joseph Clagget Secrest, b. Dec. 7, 1864, at Welsh Run, Pa.; 
m. Jessie Snively of Shady Grove, Pa. Issue : three children. 


1. Mark Secrest, b. April 20, 1920. 

2. Ann Secrest, b. Feb. 21, 1923. 

3. June Secrest, b. June 6, 1927. 

2. Ruth Secrest, b. Feb. 10, 1867. 

3. Foster Secrest (a twin), b. April 16, 1870. 

4. Frank Secrest (a twin), b. April 16, 1870. 

5. Edith Secrest, b. July 12, 1871. 

6. Elizabeth Secrest, b. May 21, 1873 ; m. Emory Hood. Issue : 
one child. 

1. Philip Hood, b. 1902. 

7. Elam Secrest, b. Oct. 26, 1875 ; m. Nine Rauch. 

8. Olive Secrest, b. Dec. 3, 1878. 

2. John C. Secrest, b. Sept. 3, 1844; d. April 22, 1918; m. Char- 
lotte A. Hoeflich; b. Dec. 3, 1847; d. Jan. 26, 1927. Issue: nine chil- 

1. Jessie Royer Secrest, b. Sept. 24, 1868; m. Discon Geiser, a 
minister in the Lutheran Church. Present address of the family : 
490 Ella St., Wilkinsburg, Pa. Issue: five children. 

1. Mary Geiser, b. at Wilkinsburg, Pa. 

2. John Geiser, m. Elvira Kline. Issue : seven children. 

1. John Geiser. 

2. Betty Geiser, m. John Wagner. 

3. Julia Geiser. 

4. Jean Louise Geiser. 

5. Ann Geiser. 

6. Dixon Geiser. 

7. Barbara Geiser. 

3. Paul Geiser, married twice. Issue to first union : one child. 

1. Dorothy Geiser, m. Lieutenant Thomas Savage of Wilkins- 
burg, Pa. 

Paul Geiser married second, Charlotte King. No issue. 

4. Ralph Geiser. 

5. Dixon Geiser. 

2. William H. Secrest, b. Jan. 4, 1871 ; d. in California April 12, 
1909; unmarried. 

3. John Benedict Secrest, b. May 14, 1872; d. Nov. 14, 1877. 

4. Susan Elizabeth Secrest, b. July 25, 1874; m. Rev. Henry 
Rhoads, a retired Lutheran minister. Present address : 206 Hamil- 
ton Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. Issue : one child. 


1. Paul Rhoads, married and lias two children. Present address: 
101 Paxton Ave., Harrisburg, Pa. 

5. Mary Ella Sccrest, b. Oct. 4, 1877 ; m. Frank Wickersham, a 
judge in Dauphin Co., Pa. 

6. James Alton Secrest (a twin), b. April 4, 1881; deceased at 
Bethlehem, Pa., a few years ago. Issue: four children. 

7. Samuel Mack Secrest (a twin), b. April 4, 1881; m. July 20, 
1915, to Amelia Margaret Strittmatter ; b. June 23. 1890. Issue: six 

1. Paul Samuel Secrest, b. April 11, 1916. 

2. Margaret Amelia Secrest, b. June 15, 1918. 

3. John Alton Secrest, b. Nov. 1, 1920. 

4. Jessie May Secrest, b. Sept. 26, 1922. 

5. Ruby Elizabeth Secrest, b. and d. June 14, 1925. 

6. Patsy Ann Secrest, b. Sept. 17, 1928. 

8. Nannie Secrest. 

9. June Secrest. 

3. Mary Ann Secrest, daughter of John and Elizabeth Benedict 
Secrest, was born March 15, 1848, and died Sept. 22, 1903. She mar- 
ried David Winger, who was born June 30, 1841 and died May 24, 
1899. He was a minister in the Church of the Brethren and is buried 
in the Welsh Run Cemetery, Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Minnie Margaret Winger, b. March 31, 1867; d. Feb. 26, 1939; 
m. May 20, 1890, to George Martin, b. Oct. 28, 1867. Issue : nine 

1. Clyde H. Martin, b. April 5, 1891 ; m. Dec. 23, 1915, to Ella 
Blanche Heckman. Issue: six children. 

1. Paul Edgar Martin, b. Aug. 12, 1917; m. Oct. 14, 1937, to 
Hazel Virginia Angle. 

2. Elmer Wesley Martin, b. Feb. 7. 1920; in. in 1938 to Alice 
Elizabeth Kauffman. Issue : one child. 

1. Lucille Elizabeth Martin, b. Jan. 30, 1939. 

3. Kenneth Eugene Martin, b. June 1, 1921; m. 1939, to Mary 
Elizabeth Shew. Issue: one child. 

1. Eugene Marshall Martin, b. Jan. 29, 1940. 

4. Clarence Robert Martin, b. Oct. 17, 1922. 

5. Sara Kathryn Martin, b. June 1. 1925. 

6. Ellis Preston Martin, b. July 2. 1927. 


2. Ruth M. Martin, b. May 19, 1893; d. Nov. 13, 1934; m. Abncr 
Hartman, Nov. 25, 1924. Issue : one child. 

1. Dorothy M. Hartman, b. July 17, 1928. 

3. Avis E. Martin, b. Nov. 16, 1895. 

4. Ira L. Martin, b. Nov. 6, 1897; m. Elsie Witmer, b. 1898; and 
d. 1934. Issue : six children. 

1. Margaret J. Martin, b. Aug. 27, 1918; m. March 1934 to Web- 
ster Palmer. Issue : one child. 

1. Betty Rae Palmer. 

2. Hazel R. Martin, b. Feb. 11, 1920; m. Kenneth Angle, b. 1919. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Caroline J. Angle, b. Nov. 25, 1934. 

2. Mary A. Angle, b. Jan. 22, 1940. 

3. Ira L. Martin, b. Feb. 26, 1922; m. 1940 to Alice King, b. Oct. 
27, 1920. Issue : one child. 

1. Ira H. Martin, b. 1941. 

4. C-eorge W. Martin, b. June 7, 1926. 

5. Elsie V. Martin, b. Jan. 22, 1928. 

6. Leroy T. Martin, b. May 26, 1930. 

5. Delia M. Martin, b. Oct. 23, 1899; m. Jan. 1923 to Aden E. 
Heckman, b. 1891. Issue: one child. 

1. Edna M. Heckman, b. Dec. 26, 1924. 

6. Cora E. Martin, b. Jan. 5, 1902. 

7. Blanche E. Martin, b. April 29, 1904; m. Roy Auman, b. 1905. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Francis M. Auman, b. Aug. 8, 1928. 

2. Helen L. Auman, b. Oct. 5, 1930. 

8. David E. Martin. 

9. Harold G. Martin. 

2. Newton Albert Winger, b. Nov. 3, 1876; d. Dec. 16, 1933; m. 
Nov. 30, 1899, Flora E. Laughlin, b. 1881 and d. 1938. Issue : nine 

1. John David Winger, b. March 29, 1901; m. Nov. 30, 1923, to 
Mary Elizabeth Witter. Members of the Church of the Brethren. 
No issue. Present address : Mcrcersburg, Pa. 

2. Paul Henry Winger, b. Sept. 14, 1902; m. March, 1921 to 
Lillian Angle. Present address: Chambersburg, Pa. Members of 
the Church of the Brethren. Issue: two children. 


1. Harry David Winger, b. May 3, 1922. 

2. Ruth Elizabeth Winger, b. Aug. 3, 1929. 

3. Grace Kathryn Winger, b. April 24, 1904. Member of the 
Church of the Brethren. Present address : Greencastle, Pa. She is 
a teacher. 

4. Frank Howard Winger, b. Oct. 15, 190S ; m. 1929 to Ruth Roth. 
Member of the Church of the Brethren. Present address : Green- 
castle, Pa., Issue : two children. 

1. Anna Kathryn Winger, b. Oct. 13, 1930. 

2. Frances Elizabeth Winger, b. Dec. 11, 1931. 

5. Mary Rachel Winger, b. May 13, 1907; m. in 1933 to Albert G. 
Harshman. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Present ad- 
dress : Myersville, Md. Issue : one child. 

1. Albert Gene Harshman, b. Oct. 17, 1937. 

6. Albert Newton Winger, b. March 1, 1910; m. 1933 to Helen 
Hussong. Present address : Greencastle, Pa. He is a member of the 
Church of the Brethren. Issue : two children. 

1. Harold Newton Winger, b. Jan. 11, 1935. 

2. Frank Howard Winger, b. Jan. 25, 1941. 

7. Roy Edgar Winger, b. Oct. 23, 1911; d. Nov. 20, 1911. 

8. Cora Elizabeth Winger, b. Sept. 2, 1912 ; bookkeeper ; member 
of the Church of the Brethren. Present address : Chambersburg, Pa. 

9. Emma Rebecca Winger, b. April 25, 1914 ; m. 1938 to Charles 
Steerman. Present address : Blaine, Pa. Members of the Church of 
the Brethren. Issue : two children. 

1. Charles Edward Steerman, b. July 5, 1939. 

2. John David Steerman, b. Aug. 13, 1940. 

3. Clyde Edgar Winger, b. July 19, 1879; m. 1904 to Annie May 
Angle; b. in 1887. Issue: twelve children. 

1. Mary Mildred Winger, b. May 7, 1905 ; unmarried. 

2. Leona May Winger, b. July 19, 1906; m. Morris Delauter. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Ann Delauter, b. Feb. 3, 1935. 

2. Linda Delauter, b. Sept. 17, 1939. 

3. Ralph Edgar Winger, b. Sept. 13, 1907; d. Feb. 6, 1909. 

4. Lucy Avis Winger, b. Sept. 17, 1908; d. Sept. 30, 1908. 

5. David Harold Winger, b. Sept. 27, 1909; m. 1935, to Helen 


6. Sarah Helen Winger, b. Feb. 7, 191 1 ; unmarried. 

7. Clyde Franklin Winger, b. March 6, 1913; d. March 9, 1913. 

8. Anna Mabel Winger, b. Dec. 22, 1915 ; unmarried. 

9. Arthur Bernard Winger, b. Aug. 27, 1919 ; d. Feb. 6, 1922. 

10. Infant son, b. and d. Feb. 8, 1920. 

11. Omer Eugene Winger, b. March 25, 1921; d. March 14, 1929. 

12. Dorothy Louise Winger, b. Jan. 16, 1923 ; d. Feb. 4, 1923. 

4. Samuel Benedict Secrest, b. Nov. 12, 1850; d. Nov. 10, 1923; 
m. Dec. 25, 1884, to Mary Jane McClanathan, b. 1863. Issue: one 

1. John Secrest, b. July 14, 1894; m. Bertha Sword, b. in 1891. 
Issue : one child. 

1. Merle Secrest, b. Sept. 17, 1926. 

5. Newton Benedict Secrest, b. Mar. 23, 1855; d. June 7, 1919; m. 
1880 to Sarah Ellen Hawbecker, b. 1858; d. June 9, 1934. Issue: nine 

1. Marvin Miller Secrest, b. Aug. 16, 1880; d. March 28, 1933; 
m. Dec. 12, 1906, to Virginia Angle, b. Aug. 11, 1885. Issue: seven 

1. Hazel Louise Secrest, b. June 28, 1907; m. 1928 to Clarence 
William Humberger, b. 1905. He is a minister in the Welsh Run 
Church of the Brethren. Present address : Mercersburg, R. D., Pa. 
Issue: five children. 

1. Clarence Henry Humberger, b. Sept. 30, 1928. 

2. Eugene Angle Humberger (a twin), b. Sept. 6, 1930. 

3. Edward Elmo Humberger (a twin), b. Sept. 6, 1930. 

4. Dorothy Virginia Humberger, b. Dec. 17, . 

5. Harold Secrest Humberger, b. Dec. 18, 1937. 

2. Seth Franklin Secrest, b. Feb. 22, 1910; m. June 23, 1932, to 
Lula Cook, b. Jan. 27, 1909. Issue : three children. 

1. Robert Secrest, b. March 10, 1935. 

2. Richard Secrest, b. Dec. 18, 1937. 

3. Nancy Louise Secrest, b. May 6, 1940. 

3. Clarence Newton Secrest, b. Aug. 13, 1912; m. 1933 to Helen 
Dinsmore, b. Nov. 18, 1912. Issue : two children. 

1. Donald Secrest, b. June 27, 1934. 

2. Edwain Secrest, 1). Nov. 1, 1936. 

4. Sarah Ruby Secrest, b. Feb. 17, 1914. 


5. Marvin Victor Secrest, 1). June 17, 1919; m. 1940 to Gladys 
Zeger, b. Aug. 1, 1915. 

6. Leona Virginia Secrest. 1). July 16, 1921. 

7. Esther Angle Secrest, I). Feb. 11, 1924. 

2. Emma Blanche Secrest, b. March 5, 1883; m. 1905 to Wesley 
F. Wise, b. Jan. 3, 1877. Issue : two children. 

1. George Elmer Wise, b. July 18, 1906; m. 1928 to Catherine 
Ruth Johnson, b. June 25, 1928. Issue : four children. 

1. Ruth Agnes Wise, b. April 23, 1929. 

2. Elizabeth Blanche Wise, b. Feb. 18, 1931. 

3. Arthur Calvin Wise, b. Dec. 6, 1935. 

4. Glenn Daniel Wise, b. Feb. 3, 1939. 

2. Charles Newton Wise, b. Oct. 3, 1907 ; m. 1933 to Zelda Grace 
Manahan, b. July 8, 1907. Issue : three children. 

1. El wood Wise, b. July 6, 1935. 

2. Dewayne Wise, b. May 22, 1938. 

3. Richard Wise, b. Sept. 5, 1939. 

3. Elmer D. Secrest, b. March 31, 1885; m. 1911 to Anna Mae 
Snyder. Issue : three children. 

1. Daniel Secrest, b. July 17, 1912. 

2. Sarah Catherine Secrest, b. May 17, 1915. 

3. Samuel Shields Secrest, b. March 3, 1920. 

4. Olive D. Secrest, b. Aug. 3, 1887. 

5. Myrtle E. Secrest, b. Nov. 18, 1889. 

6. Mabel J. Secrest, b. March 28, 1892 ; m. 1922 to Merrill Hos- 
king Gingrich, b. June 19, 1899. Issue: four children. 

1. Glen Leroy Gingrich, b. June 28, 1923. 

2. Eleanor Mae Gingrich, b. June 18, 1924. 

3. Kenneth Merrill Gingrich, b. Jan. 24, 1926. 

4. Donald Joseph Gingrich, b. Oct. 3, 1932. 

7. Ruth Secrest, b. Nov. 20, 1894, m. 1924 to Guy Hartnian, b. 
Dec. 19, 1898. Issue : three children. 

1. Sarah Helen Hartman, b. July 17, 1927. 

2. Ivan S. Hartman, b. May 15, 1930. 

3. Harry Marlin Hartman, b. Nov. 6, 1935. 

8. Frank Secrest, b. Jan. 14, 1898; m. 1927 to Helen Springer, 
b, Sept. 4, 1902. Issue : two children. 

1. Doris Mae Secrest, b. Dec. 15, 1930. 


2. Richard Frank Secrest, b. May 2, 1936. 

9. Amos Newton Secrest, b. Feb. 15, 1901 ; d. Aug. 5, 1903. 

Susanna Mack, daughter of Jacob and Hannah Englehard Mack 
(Alexander, Sr., John Mack, Jacob Mack, Susanna Mack), was 
born near Waynesboro, Pa., June 9, 1777. She died May 14, 1862. 
She married Samuel Rover, who was born Dec. 9, 1771, and died 
Feb. 19, 1838. Issue : eight children. 

1. Nancy Royer, b. March 30, 1800; d. March 20, 1863; unmarried. 

2. Daniel Royer, b. 1802; d. 1880; m. Jan. 5, 1841 Eliza Maxwell, 
b. Nov. 8, 1818; d. Aug. 13, 1887. Issue: seven children. 

1. David Royer, b. Oct. 28, 1841. Fifth Sergeant, Company G, 
17th Pennsylvania Cavalry; d. Dec. 23, 1863, in Andersonville. Ga., 

2. Susan C. Royer, b. Aug. 26, 1844; d. Dec. 30, 1928; m. March 
28, 1866, to William Shank. One daughter was born to them. 

1. May Shank, m. Harry C. Geist. Issue: one child. 
1. Leah Geist, m. J. Clair McCoullough. 

3. Mary Jane Royer, b. Jan. 29, 1846; d. Aug. 27, 1905; m. Jan. 
21, 1869, to William Mentzer. No children. 

4. Hannah Margaret Royer, b. Nov. 28, 1848; d. Jan. 17, 1885; 
in. March 20, 1883, to Benjamin Shank. No children. 

5. Ann Eliza Royer, b. Aug. 30, 1852; d. June 28, 1853. 

6. Emma Charlotte Royer, b. April 2, 1856; d. July 23, 1925; tn. 
March 23, 1890, to David Eshleman. Issue : two children. 

1. Sherman Eshleman, m. Mabel Hess. Issue: two children. 

1. Weldon Eshleman. 

2. Kenneth Eshleman. 

2. Lois Eshleman, m. Harland Frantz. Issue : three children. 

1. Herbert Frantz. 

2. Arthur Frantz. 

3. Margaret Frantz, m. a Koontz. f 

7. Samuel Francis Royer, b. Jan. 15, 1859; d. Jan. 14, 1918; in 
Jan. 28, 1880, to Nancy Catherine McGinley. Issue: seven children. 

1. Garfield Royer, m. Maude Holtzman. 

2. May Royer, m. Joseph Spangler. 

3. Grace Royer, m. a Minnich. 

4. Margaret Royer, unmarried. 

5. Ethel Royer, m. Roy Wilders. 

6. Earl Rover. 


7. Richard Royer. 

3. Elizabeth Royer, m. Samuel Needy. Issue : four children. 

1. Jacob Needy. Issue : three children. 

1. Jenete Needy. 

2. Elizabeth Needy. 

3. Jock Needy. 

2. Samuel Needy, lived near Pittsburgh, Pa.; m. Mollie Snively. 
Issue: ten children. 

1. Charles Needy. 

2. Harry Needy. 

3. Carrie Needy, m. John Rinehart. 

4. Mary Needy, unmarried. 

5. George Needy. 

6. Laura Needy, unmarried. 

7. Samuel Needy, m. Harriet Scott. 

8. Sudic Needy, m. Leslie Emly. 

9. Ma' el Needy, unmarried. Present address: Waynesboro, Pa. 

10. Robert Needy, unmarried. 

3. Susan Needy, m. a Bardenhour. No other information at hand. 

4. Mary Needy, m. Samuel Lohr. Issue: five children. 

1. Harvey Lohr, unmarried. 

2. Otto Lohr, m. Issue : two children. 

1. Samuel Lohr. 

2. Naomi Lohr. 

3. Annie Lohr, unmarried. 

4. Lizzie Lohr, unmarried. 

5. Elsie Lohr, m. John Bowers. Issue: eight children. 
1. Hazel Bowers, m. a Carney. Issue: two children. 

1. Mary C. Carney, m. a Shaalmore. 

2. Elizabeth Carney. 

2. Mary Bowers. 

3. Ruth Bowers, m. a Gingrich. There was one daughter Mary, 
who married a Bridenhall. 

4. Helen Bowers, m. a Placide. Issue: four children. 

1. Gilberta, m. a Hall. 

2. Wade Placide. 

3. H. Placide. 

4. Paul Placide. 


5. Paul H. Bowers. 

6. John H. Bowers. 

7. Elsie M. Bowers. 

8. Marcella Bowers, m. a Wachter. 

4. Susan Royer, b. June 1807 ; d. 1875 ; m. William Hoeflich, b. 
1800; d. 1885. Issue: six children. 

1. Samuel Hoeflich, b. Dec. 21, 1831 ; m. twice; first, to Maria V. 
Mentzer ; second, to Mrs. Emma S. Filbert. No issue. 

2. Susan Hoeflich, b. 1839; d. 1888; m. Melchar Spielman; b. 
1837; d. 1905. Issue: seven children. 

1. Minnie Spielman, b. June 20, 1862; m. William Henneberger. 
No issue. 

2. Charlotte Spielman, b. March 31, 1864; m. John Needy. Issue: 
six children. 

1. Faye Needy, m. Archie Barkdoll. Issue: four children. 

1. Archie. 

2. John N. 

3. Charlotte Susan. 

4. Emily Faye. 

2. Susan Needy. 

3. Melchor D. Needy, m. Grace McDonald. Issue: one child. 
1. John Melchior Needy. 

4. Scott H. Needy, m. Eula Gordon. Issue : two children. 

1. John Gordon Needy. 

2. Michael Kriner Needy. 

5. John Alton Needy, m, Josephine Shaill. Issue: one child. 
1. Frances Alice Needy. 

6. Charlotte Jean Needy, m. S. Harold Martin. Issue : one child. 
1. Samuel H. Martin. 

3. Nannie Spielman, b. Oct. 1866; m. Judson SchafF. Issue: three 

I. Ruth Schaff, m. George Fitz. Issue: one child. 

1. George Fitz. 

2. Hope Schaff, m. Ralph Blair. Issue : two children. 

1. Betty Blair. 

2. Dean Blair. 

3. Fred Schaff, m. Katherine Leiter, first. Issue: two children. 
1. Frances. 


2. Fred. 

Second time married Katherine Miller. 

4. Susan Spielman. I). Feb. 1869; d. 1876. 

5. Carrie Spielman, b. Jan. 1871; m. Bura Hill. Issue seven chil- 

1. Claire Hill, m. Percy Snider. Issue: three children. 

1. Robert. 

2. Rodney. 

3. Shirley. 

2. Eunice Hill, m. Charles J. Smith. Issue: live children. 

1. Douglass Smith. 

2. Vaughn Smith. 

3. Julia Smith. 

4. Jack Smith. 

5. Terrence Smith. 

3. Janet Hill, m. Solomon Hoover. No issue. 

4. Samuel Hill, m. Issue: three children. 

1. Jean Hill. 

2. Bennet Hill. 

3. A son. 

5. Charles Hill, m. Alta Hartman. Issue: a son and daughter. 

6. Nannie Hill, m. Donald Angle. Issue: a son and daughter. 

7. Richard Hill, m. a Hissong. Issue: one child. 
1. Richard. 

6. William Spielman, b. March 1, 1873, d. 188S. 

7. Sadie Spielman, b. June 10, 1875 ; m, Harry Schaff. Issue : two 

1. Loraine Schaff. 

2. Philip Schaff. 

3. John Hoeflich, b. 1840; m. Oct. 16, 1869, to Mary Resser, b. 
March 27, 1843. Issue: five children. 

1. Luella Hoeflich, m. V. A. Perham. Issue: three children. 

1. Mildred Perham. 

2. Harvey Perham. 

3. John Perham. 

2. Mary Hoeflich, m. Emmert Fahrney. Issue: two children. 

1. Robert Fahrney. 

2. Alma Fahrney, married twice, first to a Bcmus ; two children, 
second, to a Heefner. 


3. Nettie Hoeflich, m. Harry Unger. One daughter : 
1. Louise Unger. 

4. Ruby Hoeflich, m. a Yost. No issue. 

5. Charles Edwin Hoeflich, married. No issue. 

3. Nannie Hoeflich, d. in 1918; unmarried. 

4. Mary Hoeflich, d. in 1885 ; unmarried. 

5. Sarah Hoeflich. * 

5. John Royer, m. Charlotte Johnson, b. April 3, 1810. One son 
John, born to this union. 

6. Jacob Royer, m. Eliza Zimmerman. 

7. Samuel Royer, b. 1814; d. July 31, 1897; m. Mary Hammaker, 
b. 1820; d. Feb. 2, 1888. Issue: six children. 

1. Theodore Royer, m. a Miss Moser ; lives near Lake Royer, Md. 

2. Lizzie Royer, m. Augustus Nicholas. Issue: three children. 

1. Alice Nicholas, m. a Bowman. 

2. Susan Nicholas. 

3. Alia Nicholas, m. a Wasaman. 

3. Mollie Royer, in. a Buhrman. 

4. Susan Royer, ra. William Nicholas. Issue: six children. 

1. Franklin E. Nicholas, unmarried. 

2. John W. Nicholas. 

3. Alfred Nicholas. 

4. Samuel Nicholas. 

5. Clarence Nicholas. 

6. Mary Nicholas, m. a Benchoff. 

5. Katie Royer, m. a Buhrman; lived in Virginia. 

6. John Royer, m. Amanda Black. 

8. David Royer, b. Aug. 27, 1817; d. April 6. 1823. 



MACK (1788-1852) POLLY MACK 


Elizabeth Mack, the daughter of William Mack and granddaugh- 
ter of Alexander Mack, Jr., was born, as has been stated, in Frank- 
lin County, Pennsylvania, Oct. 13, 1776. She died Oct. 19, 1847. On 
the second day of May 1797, she was united in marriage to John 
Holsinger, a prominent German Baptist preacher of the day. He 
was a widower and the son of Jacob and Susanna Yeakel Holsinger, 
and was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, July 21, 1768. His 
father, Jacob Holsinger, had been born to Rudolph and Magdalena 
Holsinger, June 24, 1731, on board the ship Brittania near Amster- 
dam, Holland, as they were on their way to America. 

John Holsinger and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger went to house- 
keeping in the section of Pennsylvania which we know as Franklin 
County. Being perhaps of a progressive nature as far as pioneer 
work was concerned, he no doubt heard the tales of the Brethren 
who had pushed their way slowly, about the year 1755, through 
Loys Gap by the side of Yellow Creek and entered the beautiful 
and fertile protected section of the state known now as the Morri- 
son's Cove section. The Brethren were not the first to enter the 
new western lands as the Indians had long claimed them. A colony 
of Scotch-Irish had taken up what was considered squatter claims 
in 1749. These were expelled and the Penns made a new purchase 
of land from the Indians in 1754. When the Brethren came, they 
secured title to the lands. In 1790 practically all the land had passed 
into the hands of private owners. The Brethren purchased the 
greater part of the land and were the first to preach in this section 
of the country. They were the pioneer settlers. The early settlers 
endured many hardships. The Indian was not at all pleased in 
being dispossessed, right or wrong, and caused considerable diffi- 
culty. He defended his happy hunting ground with the tomahawk 
and gun. The writer is indebted considerably to the venerable Rev. 




James A. Sell for his information relayed to him almost by word 
of mouth over a short chain as to what happened in the new country. 
Even though the pioneers had the right to the land by purchase, 
it did not go without question that it need not be defended. Brother 
Sell, ninety-six years of age as this is being written, informed the 
writer that the settlers found it necessary from time to time to re- 
turn to the safer lands east of the mountains. Their tenure was 
rather uncertain. During the Indian depredations in 1762, the In- 
dians committed a number of murders and took a number of cap- 
tives. The greatest massacre was in 1777 when the Indians attacked 

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Holsinger Churches, Old and New, near Bakers Summit, Pa. 


the settlers, killing between twenty and thirty. Historians are not 
in agreement as to the exact number. Some time in or around the 
year 1780 it is thought that John Holsinger came to the Cove sec- 
tion of the State of Pennsylvania with his wife Elizabeth. John 
Holsinger was an elder in the German Baptist Church and was 
closely associated with Samuel Ulery in the founding of the work 
in the Morrison's Cove section of the state. He settled south of the 
present village of Bakers Summit on the eastern slope of Dunnings 
Mountain with land that took in not only a section of the mountain 
but also the fertile wooded valley. His death occurred Dec. 8, 1849, 
in Bedford County on the place where he had lived and toiled. His 
work bore fruit and on a section of his land in the year 18S0, just 
one year after his death, a large commodious church building was 
erected and known as the Holsinger house. It served the commu- 
nity well. Finally it became known as the old Holsinger house and 
in 1912 a new beautiful brick church was built approximately one 
hundred yards or more to the east of where the original house stood. 
Here, by the side of an improved road and opposite the cemetery 
where numerous of the early pioneers rest awaiting the first resur- 
rection, stands the eloquent testimony to the life and leadership of 
John Holsinger and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger. While today the 
homestead of the pioneer seems to be "back off the road," the road 
was not there in those early days and it was not "back" then. The 
house that stands upon the old place now was built in the year 1860. 

A further description of the buildings will be found in another 
chapter. The barn, likely built by the pioneer John Holsinger, was 
torn down in 1859. It was a log barn and was sixty by forty feet 
in size. The same year the log barn was wrecked, the present one 
was constructed. The next year the house that stands upon the 
farm was erected. This farm was owned by the descendants until 
within recent years. John Holsinger and his wife Elizabeth are 
both buried near Bakers Summit. 

John Holsinger and Elizabeth Holsinger were the parents of 
nine children. Elizabeth Mack was not the only one of the daugh- 
ters of William Mack to marry a Holsinger. Her sister Lydia mar- 
ried a brother of her husband John. So we have the rather unusual 
account of the two sisters marrying brothers. In the language of 
another who was acquainted with the Holsinger men, "The Hol- 
singer men were right purty men." Thus the niece of the girls who 


married Holsingers phrased the situation. 

The children born to John Holsinger and Elizabeth Mack Hol- 
singer, were : 

1. Susannah Holsinger, b. April 18, 1798, near Bakers Summit; 
m. Daniel Leidy ; d. Dec. 31, 1825. 

2. Jacob Holsinger, b. Aug. 22, 1799, near Bakers Summit; d. Jan. 
14, 1860, and is buried at Libertyville, Iowa; m. April 8, 1821, to 
Anna Diehl. He was a member of the German Baptist Church and 
was a preacher and a blacksmith. Issue : four children. 

1. John. 

2. Joseph, b. Oct. 6, 1830; d. Dec. 2, 1866; hi, -Mary Ann Peebles. 

3. Nancy. 

4. Sally. 

Jacob Holsinger married second, June 24, 1832, Elizabeth Miller. 

3. John Mack Holsinger, son of John and Elizabeth Mack Hol- 
singer, was born March 18, 1802, near Bakers Summit, Pa., and 
died May 28, 1872. He is buried in the Holsinger Cemetery near 
Bakers Summit. He was a member of the German Baptist Church ; 
a farmer, minister and elder. On Nov. 11, 1824, he was united in 
marriage to Barbara Long, a daughter of David Long. She was 
born on July 3, 1802, near Bakers Summit and died June 13, 1865, 
near Bakers Summit. Issue to this union were : 

1. Christian L. Holsinger, b. Sept. 16, 1831; d. March 18. 1869; 
m. Elizabeth Paul. 

2. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 28, 1833; d. Oct. 31, 1872; m. Michael 

3. Esther, b. Sept. 13, 1835 ; d. Feb. 24, 1916 ; m. Martin Mummert. 

4. Susanna, b. Sept. 21, 1837; d. May 22, 1915; m. John Sell. 

5. Barbara, b. Sept. 16, 1842; d. June 7, 1922; buried in Holsinger 
Cemetery south of Bakers Summit ; m. Dec. 25, 1866, to Christian 
Hinkle of Bakers Summit. 

6. John L. Holsinger, b. June 9, 1845; d. April 12, 1932; m. to 
Esther Streight. 

4. George Mack Holsinger, son of John and Elizabeth Mack 
Holsinger, was born May 26, 1804, at Bakers Summit, Pa. He died 
April 24, 1862, and is buried in the Mock Cemetery. He was mar- 
ried Aug. 23, 1827, to Sarah Snyder, who was born Aug. 28, 1809. 
He united with the German Baptist Church, as it was then known, 
in the Woodbury congregation. He was called to office of deacon 



before the year 1841. The same year the family moved on a farm 
near Alum Bank where in 1845 he was called to the ministry. He 
was the founder of the Dunning! Creek congregation. 

To the union of George Mack Holsinger and Sarah Snyder Hol- 
singer were born the following children: 

1. Thomas S., b. May 14, 1828; m. Barbara Replogle, first; then 
married Elizabeth Snyder. 

2. John S. Holsinger, b. Sept. 7, 1829; d. Nov. 8, 1910; m. Esther 

3. Joseph H. Holsinger, b. June 18, 1831 ; d. May 16, 1895 ; m. 
Rebecca Blackburn. 

4. Levi S. Holsinger, b. Dec. 24, 1832; d. June 30, 1855; m. Eliza- 
beth Furry. 

5. Samuel Holsinger, b. April 7, 1836; d. Sept. 12, 1838. 

George Mack Holsinger 


6. Christian S. Holsinger, b. April 21, 1839; d. June 6, 1908; m. 
Mary Smith. 

7. Elizabeth Holsinger, b. July 28, 1841; d. March 19, 1895; m. 
Joseph Rowzer. 

James A. Sell was also personally acquainted with George Mack 
Holsinger. He relates that one day when there was a discussion 
relative to one who was to be called to the ministry that he stated, 
"There are three questions you usually ask, One : Can he support 
self? Two: Is he observing of the order of dress? and third: Is he 
educated? In my opinion you ought not to look at any of these 
things, but follow the apostle's qualifications, 'Apt to teach.' " 

5. David Holsinger, son of John and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger, 
was born June 18, 1806, on the family homestead just southwest of 
Bakers Summit, Pa. He died Dec. 13, 1881, and is buried at West 
Branch Cemetery at Maryland, 111. He was united in marriage to 
Julianna Roudebush, who was born June 21, 1807, and died Xov. 30, 
1881. She is also buried in West Branch Cemetery. He was a 
schoolteacher and farmer. We have records of the following chil- 
dren born to them, all in the Morrison's Cove section of the state. 
When the parents heeded the call to the west in 1856, the children 
accompanied the parents on the western journey. Two of the chil- 
dren, as will be noted, passed away and were buried there before 
the parents left the Cove section of the state. 

1. George Holsinger, b. Aug. 16, 1827; d. March 30, 1853; un- 

2. Daniel Holsinger, b. May 21, 1829; d. May 27, 1853 ; unmarried. 

3. Alexander Holsinger, b. Sept. 22, 1831; d. May 31, 1916; m. 
Sarah Lobias. 

4. Elizabeth Holsinger, b. March 30, 1833; d. Feb. 6, 1895; m. 
Emanuel E. Miller. 

5. Simon Holsinger, b. June 29, 1835; d. Dec. 12, 1922; m. to 
Caroline Sutterlee. 

6. Emanuel Holsinger, b. Jan. 20, 1838; d. Nov. 9, 1909; m. 
Eunice Satterlee. 

7. Levi Holsinger, b. Oct. 20, 1840; d. May 8, 1913; m. Harriet 

8. Sarah Holsinger, b. July 4, 1843; d. Nov. 16, 1915; m. Samuel 

9. John R. Holsinger, no dates available; m. Barbara Shiftier. 


6. Nancy Holsinger was born to John and Elizabeth Mack Hol- 
singer Oct. 13, 1809, at the family homestead southwest of Bakers 
Summit, Bedford Co., Pa. She died March 12, 1889. She was mar- 
ried to George Snyder. No other information at hand regarding her. 

7. Daniel Mack Holsinger was born to John and Elizabeth Mack 
Holsinger Oct. 22, 1812, at the family farm home southwest of 
Bakers Summit, Bedford Co., Pa. He died Jan. 31, 1886, near 
Bakers Summit and is buried in Clover Creek Cemetery. On Aug. 
12, 1832, he was united in marriage to Polly Ritz, the dauglter of 
Solomon Ritz. She was born Feb. 19, 1811, and died July 15, 1894. 
Both were members of the German Baptist Church, now known as 
the Church of the Brethren. To this union were born the following 
eight children. 

1. Henry R. Holsinger, b. May 26, 1833; and d. March 12, 1905; 
in. Susanna Sloop. 

2. Elizabeth Holsinger, b. Oct. 8, 1835; d. Sept. 21. 1912; m. 
Robert Riley. 

3. Hannah Holsinger, b. Nov. 8, 1837: d. March 15, 1905; m. 
John D. Brumbaugh. 

4. Mary Holsinger, b. March 31, 1840; d. Dec. 9, 1919; m. Daniel 

5. Ephraim R. Holsinger, b. Sept. 30, 1842; d. March 1927; m. 
Lavina Hayes. 

6. Rebecca Holsinger, b. March 31, 1845; d. Nov. 4, 1912; in. 
Jacob D. Brumbaugh. 

7. David R. Holsinger, b. March 22, 1847; d. 1903; m. Margaret 

8. George R. Holsinger, b. May 12, 1849; d. April 12, 1924; m. 
to Elizabeth Seedenbey (?). 

Daniel Mack Holsinger, the son of the pioneer preacher and 
Elizabeth Mack Holsinger, was one of the best educated of his 
time. He was the first of the early German Baptist preachers to 
use both the German and the English in his preaching. He availed 
himself of the limited education offered by the common schools in 
Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in his boyhood. Not satisfied with 
what the common schools had to offer, he entered a night school 
taught by one John Miller. Being of course familiar with the Ger- 
man language, which was the language of the home, he specialized 
in English. Proficiency in this made possible his being able to use 


fluently both languages. He was so desirous of learning this new 
language that he mastered grammar in one winter. This was no 
small accomplishment. As all boys were taught trades, he was 
taught the cooper's trade. He was powerful in Scripture and was 
the leading man in the community in affairs of the church. In 
his life and thinking he was a conservative of the conservatives. 
He would be considered "an Old Order man" today. This was no 
doubt in part chargeable to the hesitancy of the Pennsylvania 
Dutch to make radical changes id the order of living. He lived 
and died with his son-in-law, Robert Riley, in the county in which 
he was born. James A. Sell, who at the time of his ordination to 
the ministry in Bedford County was the youngest preacher in the 
German Baptist Church (and when interviewed by the writer was 
the oldest), was a Contemporary of Daniel Mack Holsinger, whom 
he knew well. Let us listen to Brother Sell's description of this 
man. Brother Sell was in his ninety-sixth year when the observa- 
tions were stated to the writer. He says of Daniel Mack Holsinger, 
"He had a wonderful head — brains enough to shake a continent. 
He was not much of an executive and had lost about all his prop- 
erty. He was tall and slim, with hair that came down to his 
shoulders. Wore a regulation coat. His voice was clear with a 
peculiar twang. He wore a partial beard, had a straight firm mouth, 
thin lips, and had no humor about him. Had a talent for poetry, 
rhythm, and tune for hymns. He could recite forty Bible chapters 
verbatim and had the entire hymnbook memorized. He was hin- 
dered by the ways of the Pennsylvania Dutch slowness." 

There are no photographs extant of this venerable pioneer 
preacher although his brother George had one taken. Daniel Mack 
Holsinger and his wife both united with the Clover Creek congre- 
gation in 1833. He was called to the ministry in 1841 and later he 
was ordained to the ministry in 1863 and was given oversight of the 
Clover Creek congregation, which he kept until near the close of 
his life. Inasmuch as he was fluent in both German and English, he 
became a very popular preacher of Central Morrison's Cove dis- 
trict. He was much in demand for weddings and funerals. In fact 
his time was so much taken, with so little remuneration for his 
services, that it was very difficult for him to make a living. For 
those days the very unusual was done when the congregation pur- 
chased a small farm which they gave to him. Here he remained 


until his family had grown. In the middle sixties, he sold the farm 
and moved to Carson Valley. He spent some six years here and 
then returned to Clover Creek to spend the rest of his days. He 
served on the Standing Committee in 1868 at Elkhart, Indiana. 
Was sent to various Conferences in Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois, 
and Iowa. As there were relatives in those days scattered through- 
out the West these trips furnished an opportunity to visit the far 
western kinfolk. About one of his trips to Iowa, we found the fol- 
lowing letter yellowed by time, written from Bradford on August 
26, 1871. 

Dear Son. 

I will write you a few lines this afternoon. We were at Uncle 
George Snyders, seen all their children that are living in Iowa, and 
found them all well. We were at Uncle Elias Rits, seen all theirs 
and they are well. Next we came to Uncle Michael Rits his family 
is well, but himself away with the separator some 60 miles, so we 
don't expect to see him. Next we came to Uncle William and Aunt 
Martha Finney, they are also well. Today your cousin Solomon 
Rita and Aunt Martha and Aunt Judith Wilsons, where I am now 
writing, they are also in usual health. Uncle Solomon is but a few 
miles off so we expect seeing him too. We also expect to see Aunt 
Elizabeth Brown next week. We had excellent weather for travel- 
ing only one night we got in a rain on the Prairie but did not get 

We like the country well in most places; but the appearance of 
Iowa is not near as flattering as Illinois, because not so well im- 
proved. Otherwise the country is just as nice and better chances. 
Mother stands and enjoys her visit right well. Yesterday Uncle 
Solomon came here and we had a pleasant time together. This 
afternoon we expect going to Waterloo and from there go to Uncle 
Browns. Our love to you all. 

Daniel M. Holsinger. 

The above was written to his son Henry Holsinger. 

The last fifteen years of his life he was totally blind. He made 
his way from the farm where he spent his last years slowly along 
the road tapping his way with his cane. His grandsons and others 
helped him along his way. One of them, Henry Holsinger Brum- 
baugh, often led him from place to place as he desired to go. Per- 
haps as somewhat of a mark of appreciation he was given the cane 
which the blind old preacher had used for so many years of darkness. 
So there reposes in the home of Henry Brumbaugh of Bakers Sum- 


mit the cane of Daniel Mack Holsinger which must indeed stir Up 
many fond memories in the mind of the now aged grandson. On 
January 31, 1886, the life of the sightless and feehle old warrior of 
the cross came to an end. 

8. Elizabeth Holsinger was horn to John and Elizabeth Mack 
Holsinger March 10, 1816 and died May 6, 1833. 

9. Alexander Mack Holsinger was born to John and Elizabeth 
Mack Holsinger Oct. 12, 1819, near Bakers Summit, Pa., on the 
Holsinger farmstead and died near Woodbury Aug. 28, 1896; he is 
buried in near-by Holsinger Cemetery. He was married Dec. 21, 
1841, to Mary Hughes. His second wife is said to have been Eliza 
Miller and the marriage thought to have taken place Sept. 25, 1877. 

Lydia Mack (Alexander, Alexander, Jr., William, Lydia), the 
daughter of William and Agnes Gantz Mack, was born July 16, 
1788, near Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and died April 2, 1852, at 
Waynesboro. She is buried in the Antietam Cemetery at Waynes- 
boro. She was a member of the German Baptist Church. She was 
the second of William Mack's daughters to marry one of the Hol- 
singer brothers, thus testifying to her niece Agnes Mack's judgment 
that the Holsinger men were attractive and likable men. She was 
united in marriage to David Holsinger, a brother of Elizabeth's 
husband, John Holsinger. David was born near Waynesboro, Penn- 
sylvania, July 21, 1777, and died March 5, 1858, near Waynesboro. 
He was a member of what was known then as the German Baptist 
Church. Unlike others of the family, they did not succumb to the 
lure of the West but spent their lives in the vicinity of Waynes- 
boro. They were the parents of thirteen children: 

1. Nancy Holsinger, b. April 14, 1808, at Waynesboro ; d. April 
5, 1854 ; m. Daniel Stover. Issue : seven children. She is buried in 
Wengerds Cemetery, Guilford Twp., Franklin Co., Pa. Daniel 
Stover to whom she was married was the son of Daniel and Bar- 
bara Benedict Stover. He was born June 5, 1806, in Antrim Twp., 
and died July 28, 1846, in Washington Twp. He is buried in New 
Guilford Church Cemetery near Chambersburg. He was by occu- 
pation a farmer. Their children are : 

1. Barbara, b. Aug. 26, 1827; d. Oct. 25, 1904; m. Samuel Small. 

2. Lydia, b. June 17, 1829; d. Sept. 2, 1914; m. Christian Sheller. 

3. William, b. May 28, 1831; d. March 30, 1912; m. Catherine 



4. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 9, 1834; d. Dec. 24, 1860; unmarried. 

5. Susan, b. Oct. 13, 1836; m. Benjamin Fridley. 

6. Mary, b. Jan. 1839; m. Joseph Wingerd. 

7. Jacob, b. Nov. 8, 1840; d. 1928; m. Susan Brown first; then 
Etta Johnson. 

2. John Holsinger, b. Dec. 11, 1809; d. Oct. 26, 1815. 

3. Elizabeth Holsinger, b. Feb. 21, 1811, near Waynesboro ; d. 
Feb. 20, 1900; buried at Falling Spring Church; m. Samuel Hess, a 

4. Jacob Mack Holsinger, b. March 27, 1814 ; d. Aug. 18, 1903 ; 
m. June 20, 1839, to Mary Lehman. Issue : six children. 

1. Daniel, b. June 30, 1840; d. March 13, 1915; m. Annie Snyder. 
Issue : two children. 

2. Sarah, b. April 6, 1842; d. Sept. 1, 1844. 

3. Samuel, b. Jan. 3, 1847; d. Jan. 17, 1916. 

4. Jacob L., b. May 1, 1849; d. April 23, 1937. 

5. John L., b. April 14, 1856; m. Annie Fickes. Issue: two chil- 

6. Mary, b. July 14, 1861 ; d. Aug. 10, 1923 ; m. Hiram George. 

5. Mary Holsinger, b. Nov. 7, 1817; d. Dec. 23, 1878. 

6. Samuel Holsinger, b. Nov. 11, 1819; d. Feb. 1, 1821. 

7. Susan Holsinger, b. Jan. 21, 1822; d. June 12, 1868. 

8. Catherine Holsinger, b. Feb. 25, 1825; d. Jan. 6, 1892; m. first, 
Samuel Benedict. Five children were born. All died young except 

John Mack Holsinger. 

William Mack Jacob Mack Holsinger 



Elizabeth who married John Horn. She married March 29, 1855, 
John Friedly. Issue : three children. 

1. Samuel, m. a Foreman. Issue: one child. 

2. Annie, m. William Anthony. Issue: two children. 

3. Sadie, m. a Bowers. 

9. Margaret Holsinger, b. March 6, 1827 ; d. Sept. 3, 1828. 

10. Lydia, b. March 6, 1827 ; d. July 19, 1827. 

11. Christena, b. June 22, 1828; d. March 21, 1855. 

12. Sarah, b. Jan. 2, 1830; d. July 1908; m. James Pague (.Pages). 

13. David, b. Sept. 17, 1833; d. March 31, 1895; m. first, Elizabeth 
Postetter. Issue: one son Norman, deceased. 

He married second, Elizabeth Winger, daughter of Joseph and 
Elizabeth Winger, b. June 14, 1838; d. Nov. 30, 1917; buried at 
Browns Mill Church near Greencastle, Pa. 

Polly Mack (Alexander, Alexander, Jr., William, Polly), daugh- 
ter of William and Agnes Gantz Mack, was born near Waynes- 
boro, Pa., Dec. 3, 1799. She died Feb. 1, 1865. She was married 
twice. Her first husband was Jacob F. Holsinger, a nephew to the 
husbands of her sisters Elizabeth and Lydia. He was born Oct. 3, 
1794, died Aug. 19, 1834, and is buried in the New Enterprise Ceme- 
tery. The children born to the first union were : 

1. John, b. Feb. 12, 1820, in Bedford Co., Pa.; d. Aug. 22, 1893, at 
Oakville, Ind. He was a farmer, businessman, and minister in the 
Church of the Brethren. He is buried at Beech Grove Cemetery at 
Oakville, Ind. He married Sarah Teeter of Bedford Co., Pa. She 
died in 1888 near Carlton, Nobr., and is buried there. Issue : 

1. Jeremiah, b. Nov. 27, 1844; d. Feb. 4, 1912; in. Mary Graham. 

2. Maria, b. May 17, 1848; d. Aug. 30, 1891; m. T. H. Johnson. 

3. Levi F., b. March 21, 1850; d. Feb. 16, 1937; m. Mary Kern. 
2. William, b. July 13, 1823, in Bedford Co., Pa.; d. Sept. 13. 1901. 

He was a carpenter and cabinetmaker, and was a member of the 
Church of the Brethren. Nov. 25, 1847, at Covington, Ohio, he 
married Catherine Ullery, daughter of John and Elizabeth Ullery. 
She was born June 3, 1828, and died March 8, 1872. He lived for 
several years in Ohio and four children were born there. In the 
fifties he moved to Iowa for one or two years, then to Kansas where 
he settled near Emporia in 1858. Issue: 

1. Winfield Scott, b. Sept. 17. 1848; d. 1935; m. Alice Pucker. 

2. Elmira, b. Aug. 28, 1850; d. 1912; m. Jol n Gill's. 


3. Charles U., b. Jan. 24, 1853 ; d. 1924. , 

4. Benjamin Franklin, b. July 15, 1855 ; d. 1935. 

5. Mary Elizabeth, b. Nov. 11, 1857; d. July 26, 1938; unmarried. 

6. Sarah Ann, b. April 26, 1862; d. Feb. 25, 1901 ; m. A. E. Mc- 

7. John Jacob, b. June 20, 1864; d. 1929; m. Josephine Berry. 

8. Susan, b. Sept. 9, 1868; m. Rufus Jones. 

3. Jacob, b. Jan. 22, 1825, in Bedford Co., Pa. ; d. July 22, 1905, 
at Sulphur Springs, Ind. ; buried in the Sulphur Springs Cemetery. 
He was a member of the Brethren Church, and was by occupation 
a carpenter. He was married to Sarah Ann Thompson, who was 
born Feb. 8, 1832, at Covington, Ohio. She died at Sulphur Springs, 
Ind., Nov. 17, 1904. She is buried there. Issue : four children. 

1. Kate, ra. William Scott. 

2. John. 

3. Edward. 

4. Josinah, m. John Mellette. 

4. Daniel, b. March 25, 1827; d. July 29, 1905, at Lyon County 
Homestead near Emporia, Kans. He was a farmer and a member 
of the Church of the Brethren. He was married March 20, 1852, to 
Julia Ann Walter, who was born Jan. 8, 1832, at Woodbury, Bed- 
ford Co., Pa. She died Dec. 10, 1906, at the home farm near Cotton 
Wood Falls, Kans., and is buried there. Issue : four children. 

1. William Henry, b. May 16, 1853; d. July 28, 1930; m. Flora 
May Gandy. Issue: eight children. 

2. Nancy Jane, b. Dec. 21, 1854; d. Sept. 21, 1912; unmarried. 

3. George Washington, b. Dec. 22, 1857 ; m. Jesse Falkner. 

4. Jacob Walter, b. March 16, 1860; d. April 15, 1928; m. Rena 
Kinney. Issue : two children. 

5. Mary, b. Jan. 1, 1830, at New Enterprise, Pa. ; d. March 4, 1905, 
at New Enterprise, Pa. She was a member of the Church of the 
Brethren. She was married to Andrew Snowberger who was born 
in 1830 at New Enterprise, Pa., and died in 1875 at New Enterprise. 
He was a farmer and a member of the Church of the Brethren. 
The children born to this marriage were : 

1. Xancy, b. Nov. 4, 1853; d. Sept. 19, 1854. 

2. Jacob, b. March 1, 1856; d. May 25, 1937; m. Elk Werking, 
March 13, 1892. Issue: two children. 


1. Horace, b. Dec. 27, 1892, at New Enterprise; d. Feb. 4, 1939; 
m. Bernice Beach, Sept. 3, 1913. Issue : four children. 

1. Glen, b. at New Enterprise, Feb. 2, 1914; m. Mildred Bowser 
of New Enterprise, May 5, 1934; have a son Theodore. They live 
in Los Angeles, Calif. 

2. Robert, b. at New Enterprise, Sept. 16, 1915 ; m. Frieda Feight 
of Everett, Pa., Aug. 26, 1938; live at Hopewell, Pa.; members of 
the Church of the Brethren. 

3. Clarence, b. at New Enterprise Dec. 28, 1917; m. Pauline Fike 
of Meyersdale, Pa., April 1, 1937. They have a daughter, Dorothy 

Daniel Hack Holaingcr Mary Mack Holsinger Jacob Snowberger 


Mae, b. at New Enterprise, May 5, 1940. They live at New Enter- 
prise and are members of the Church of the Brethren. 

4. Jean Kathryn, b. at New Enterprise, May 3, 1926. 

2. Effie, daughter of Jacob Snowberger and Ella May Werking 
Snowberger, b. at New Enterprise, Pa., March 28, 1897; m. Calvin 
D. Over of New Enterprise, Aug. 23, 1918. Issue : three children. 

1. Pauline, b. July 18, 1919. 

2. Herbert, b. March 30, 1922; d. April 12, 1922. 

3. Darlene, b. Feb. 24, 1937. 

The Overs are members of the Church of the Brethren. 

Mrs. Ella Werking Snowberger died at the New Enterprise 
home June 22, 1941, and is buried at New Enterprise. 

6. Isaac Holsinger was born Aug. 12, 1832. in Bedford Co., Pa. 
He died Aug. 7, 1910, at Oakville, Ind. He was by occupation a 


fanner, and was a member of the Brethren Church. March 17, 
1861, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Downs, who was 
born June 25, 1836, at Ellicotts Mills, Md. She died May 3. 1924. 
at Oakville, Ind., and is buried in Mt. Summit Cemetery. Children 
born to this union are : 

1. William D. Ilolsinger, b. June 28, 1862, in Henry Co., Ind.; 
m. 1890 Rosa Nixon, b. April 7, 1871. He died Jan. 29, 1929, and 
is buried in Mt. Summit Cemetery. He was a member of the Oak- 
ville, Ind., Brethren Church. Issue: three children. 

1. Mabel Holsinger, b. Dec. 31, 1892; m. Roy Tuttle. Issue: six 

1. Kenneth Tuttle. b. Feb. 13, 1911. 

2. Paul Tuttle, b. Oct. 1, 1913 ; m. to Helen Lamb. 

3. Harold Tuttle (a twin), b. Jan. 14, 1919; m. Marie Wiggins. 
Issue: one child. 

1. Joyce Ann Tuttle, b. March 22, 1942. 

4. Gerald Tuttle (a twin), b. Jan. 14, 1919. 

5. Donald Tuttle, b. Aug. 6, 1922. 

6. Robert Tuttle, b. Feb. 13, 1923. 

2. Mildred Holsinger, 1). July 5, 1896. 

3. Frank Holsinger, b. Dec. 7, 1900; m. Edythe Redding. 

2. Alice Holsinger, 1). Feb. 3, 1864; d. Feb. 3, 1927; unmarried. 

3. Robert Holsinger, b. Sept. 24, 1871 ; unmarried; lives at Muncie, 

4. Charles M. Holsinger, b. Sept. 15, 1880; m. Minnie Hoover. 
Issue: three children. 

1. Mary Holsinger, b. June 17, 1910, in Henry Co., Ind.; m. Sept. 
25, 1931, to John E. Smith, b. Dec. 12, 1907. Present residence: Sul- 
phur Springs, Ind. Members of the Oakville, Indiana Brethren 
Church. Issue : four children, 

1. Shirley Sue Smith (a twin), b. Dec. 22. 1932. 

2. Sheila Ann Smith (a twin), b. Dec. 22, 1932. 

3. Billie Ed Smith (a twin), b. July 17, 1940. 

4. Bobbie Jean Smith (a twin) b. July 17, 1940. 

2. John Marion Holsinger, married. Issue : one child. 
1. Susan Jennie Holsinger, b. May 6, 1941. 

3. Robert Holsinger, b. Jan. 5, 1918. He is a member of the 
Brethren Church of Oakville, Ind. At the present he is a Liberal 
Arts Student at Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 



Polly Mack, the daughter of William, was young at the time of 
her mother's death (eight years of age) and was taken into the 
home of her sister Lydia at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. She was 
married from this home in which she had grown to womanhood. 
Later she followed her older sister westward and lived within two 
miles of her home near Bakers Summit, Bedford County. Elizabeth 
would visit her home and bring the children homemade candy or 
maple syrup taffy. Sugar was not as plenty in those days as at the 
present time and much of the sweetening had to be made on the 
farm from cane or maple trees. Polly was ever mindful of her 
illustrious family and gave each of her children the second name 
Mack. While not stated in this connection in recording the name 

Isaac Mack Holsinger 

Nancy Mack Replogle 

of the children born to her and Jacob Holsinger, her second son 
George Mack Holsinger who was born Feb. 9, 1822, lived only six 
months. After the death of her husband Jacob in 1834, she was 
left with a large family to care for. On May 2, 1835, she was 
united in marriage to George Brown Replogle of Bedford County, 
Pennsylvania. To this union were born three children : 

1. Nancy Mack Replogle, born at Bakers Summit, Feb. 25, 1836; 
d. Nov. 21, 1915; m. Jan. 25, 1855, to Ephraim Hoffer Longenecker 
of Woodbury, Pa., b. Jan. 16, 1834. They were thrifty farmers and 
he was a worker in civic affairs. Mrs. Longenecker was kind and 
generous, a true Christian, loved by all who knew her. With her 
husband she was loyal to her church which, following the lines of 


her forefathers, was the German Baptist or as known now the 
Church of the Brethren. Mr. Longenecker died Dec. 14, 1889. They 
are buried in the New Enterprise Cemetery. To this union were 
born eight children: 

1. David, b. Jan. 8, 1856; d. June 10, 1934; buried in Roaring 
Spring, Pa. ; m. Lona Fickes, b. Oct. 20, 1861. He was a civic 
worker, schoolteacher, lumberman, and farmer. To David Long- 
enecker and Lona Longenecker were born nine children: 

1. Bertha Longenecker, b. June 20, 1884; m. Melvin Shaffer of 
Hyndman, Pa. They have one daughter. Mrs. Shaffer was a 
schoolteacher. The daughter Marjorie also teaches school. They 
live in Roaring Spring, Pa. 

2. Amelia Longenecker, b. Dec. 17, 1885; m. Homer Long of 
Bakers Summit. They live in Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue : four 
children : Gladys, David, Dale, and Lonas. Gladys married David 
Showalter of Roaring Spring. They have one son Ray. 

3. Anna Longenecker, b. April 1, 1887; m. Nevin Karns of Hynd- 
man, Pa. They live in Altoona, Pa., where he works for the Penn- 
sylvania Railroad. They have two children : 

1. Mary Mildred married to Rev. Elias Jones of Reading, Pa. 
They are missionaries of the Baptist Church and are located in 
South America. 

2. David, at home. 

4. John Longenecker, b. Feb. 19, 1890, lives in Roaring Springs. 
He married Cleo Furry of New Enterprise, Pa. He is employed 
by the Pennsylvania Railroad in Altoona. They have two children : 

1. Rayota married Ulsie Shriner of Martinsburg, Pa. They live 
in Williamsburg. 

2. David married Betty Dick of Roaring Spring. They have one 
child and live in Roaring Spring. 

5. Ephraim Longenecker, b. Feb. 19, 1890 (he and his brother 
John were twins) ; d. Nov. 1918; buried at Roaring Spring; m. 
Frances Myers. Two children were born to them ; both deceased. 

6. Clyde Longenecker, b. March 1, 1892; m. Lota Vandrue of 
Roaring Spring. A garage owner. 

7. Lulu Longenecker, b. Aug. 17, 1894; m. Harry Bookman of 
Altoona, Pa. They have three children : Betty, Maxine, and Brent. 
They live in Altoona. 


8. Habert Longenecker, b. July 18, 1896; m. Oline Long of Roar- 
ing Spring, Pa. They live in Youngstown, Ohio. They have two 
children : Donald and Betty. Members of the Church of the Breth- 

9. Ruth Longenecker, b. Oct. 30, 1899, in Roaring Spring; a 
schoolteacher in Philadelphia; educated in West Chester, Pa. 

2. Mary Ann, daughter of Ephraim Longenecker and Nancy 
Mack Replogle Longenecker, b. Aug. 1858; d. 1862; buried in New 
Enterprise Cemetery. 

3. Leah, daughter of Ephraim and Nancy Mack Replogle Long- 
enecker, b. June 7, 1862 ; m. Levi Bermer, b. Feb. 7, 1863. They 
had two daughters, Myrtle and Minnie. Myrtle married Clair 
Onerdorff of Johnstown, Pa. Minnie married Professor Lloyd 
Strayer of Woodbury, Pa. He was employed by the state and was 
on the educational staff at Harrisburg. He died in 1935. Leah died 
in Pittsburgh, Dec. 10, 1903, and is buried in the New Enterprise 
Cemetery. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. 

4. Harry Longenecker, son of Ephraim and Nancy Mack Rep- 
logle Longenecker, b. June 5, 1865 ; m. Xancy Friend of Salemville, 
Pa., who was born Jan. 1, 1868. He worked in the steel mills and 
in the later part of his life conducted a hardware store in Roaring 
Spring. They had one son Paul who married Bertha Freeland. 
They live in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he is employed by the Sterling 
Steel plant. A son Harry, Jr., is a salesman for the same company. 
Harry Longenecker died July 3, 1936, and is buried at Martinsburg. 
He was a member of the Brethren Church. 

5. Minnie R., daughter of Ephraim and Nancy Mack Replogle 
Longenecker, was born in Bedford Co., Pa., June 11, 1868. She 
lives at Woodbury, Pa., having made her home with her sister 
Elizabeth until the death of the sister. Minnie is very much inter- 
ested in the genealogy of the Mack family and has been of much 
help to the author in preparing this work. She is a member of 
the Brethren Church of Martinsburg, Pa. 

6. Elizabeth, daughter of Ephraim and Nancy Mack Replogle 
Longenecker, was born Oct. 23, 1870, in Bedford Co. She secured 
her education in Juniata College and Shippensburg State Teachers 
College, from which she was graduated. She was a successful 
schoolteacher for nineteen years after which she was appointed 
postmistress of Woodbury, Pa., a position which she filled for 


nearly thirty years when death visited her on April 11, 1940. She 
is buried in the family plot at New Enterprise. She was a Lutheran. 
Her passing was one that was regretted by many who had come 
under her influence, in the schoolroom, the Sunday-school asso- 
ciation work, and in the community. The death of Elizabeth Long- 
enecker brought numerous letters, but one that will be cherished for 
a long time was received from Washington, D. C, from the office 
of the Postmaster General. It is as follows: 

The Postmaster General 
May 1, 1940 
Miss Minnie Longknecker, 
Woodbury, Pennsylvania. 
My Dear Miss Longenecker: 

I have just learned with regret of the death of your sister, Eliza- 
beth R. Longenecker, late postmaster at Woodbury, which occurred 
on April 11, 1940. 

It may be some comfort to you to know that in over thirty years 
service as postmaster your sister was highly regarded in the postal 
service as a competent and conscientious employee. 

The Department feels that in her passing it has lost a capable 
official and I wish to extend to you my deep and sincere sympathy 
in your bereavement. 

Sincerely yours, 
James A. Farley 
Postmaster General. 

7. Emma, daughter of Ephraim and Nancy Mack Replogle Long- 
enecker, b. July 31, 1873; d. Aug. 21, 1938; m. Albert Ketring of 
Bakers Summit, b. Aug. 1876. They had four children, Leon, Amy, 
Grace, and Miriam. They lived in Altoona. He was an electrician 
for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company and was electrocuted 
while at work on Aug. 3, 1938. He with his wife is buried in the 
Holsinger Cemetery at Bakers Summit. 

1. Leon Ketring, m. Catherine Riely of Altoona. He is employed 
by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. They have four girls : 
Emma, Florence, Elenore, and Barbara. 

2. Amy Ketring, b. Feb. 21, 1902; employed by the Bell Tele- 
phone Company. 

3. Grace Ketring, b. Dec. 27, 1915 ; employed by the Central Trust 
Company of Altoona. 

4. Miriam Ketring, b. Nov. 3, 1919; a registered nurse in the 
Altoona Hospital. 


8. Clara, daughter of Ephraim and Nancy Mack Replogle Long- 
enecker, b. May 15, 1876; d. Nov. 10, 1934; buried in Alto Rest, 
Altoona; m. George Croft of Bakers Summit, b. Aug. 19, 1870; 
they lived in Altoona. Issue : five children. 

1. Oren, m. Sarah Irvine of Duncansville, Pa. They live in Holli- 
daysburg. They have six children : Betty, in training in the Gar- 

. j# .* fa »r"3 
Elizabeth Longenecker Leah Mack Replogle 

held Hospital, Washington, D. C. ; Larue, a graduate of the Com- 
mercial School of Altoona; George, Fay, Ilene, and Shirely at home. 

2. Myrtle, b. Dec. 17, 1900; m. Melvin Jensen; live in Detroit, 
Mich., where he is a bank examiner. 

3. Lou Verne, b. Dec. 28, 1906; a graduate of Shippcnsburg State 
College and a teacher in Altoona schools. 

4. Gerald, b. Nov. 17, 1909. He was the victim of a misfortune 
when eight years of age and by it lost his sight. He was educated 
in the School for the Blind in Pittsburgh, graduating with high 
honors. He is the owner of a grocery in Altoona. 

5. Leota, b. March 13, 1912; lives at home. 

2. David Mack, son of George and Polly Mack Replogle, b. June 
29, 1838; d. 1921; buried at Martinsburg, Pa.; m. Catherine Myers 
Diltz of New Enterprise, b. 1837; d. 1902. He was a splendid church 
worker and a member of the Brethren Church. Issue : seven children. 

1. Leah, m. Paul Holsinger of Martinsburg, Pa. They were farm- 
ers and were the parents of five children, Nora, Clara, Harry, Lois, 


and Unis. They moved to Denton, Md., and were members of the 
Church of the Brethren. 

2. Amanda Replogle, m. Daniel Snowberger of New Enterprise. 
Issue : two boys, Clay and David. They are buried at New Enter- 
prise; were members of the Brethren Church. 

3. Erastus Replogle went to Cottonwood Falls, Kans., and was a 
druggist. He married there; had one son; is buried at Cottonwood 

4. Catherine, d. in infancy. 

5. Agnes, daughter of David and Catherine Replogle, b. 1864; d. 
1919; m. Joseph Biddle, b. 1867; d. 193S at New Enterprise; buried 
in Martinsburg; members of the Church of God. No issue. 

6. Harry, d. when an infant. 

7. Ruth, b. May 1878; d. in Maryland, 1930; m. Levi Michel of 

David Mack Replogle 


Denton, Md. Member of the Brethren Church. Issue : One son, 

3. Leah Mack, daughter of George and Polly Mack Replogle, b. 
April 5, 1841; d. March 11, 1894; unmarried; buried in the New 
Enterprise Cemetery. She was a faithful church worker and lived 
to give admonition to all and especially the young people. She 
was educated in the State Normal School of Millersville, Pa., in 
the sixties. She was the author of numerous poems. Space does 
not permit more than just one which was written on January 28, 

Praise The Lord — Psalm 103 

O Praise the Lord for He is good, 

His mercy doth endure; 
Now and forever, He is God, 

His promises stand sure. 

Bless, O my soul, thy gracious Lord, 

His goodness now proclaim, 
Who pardons thee by His own word, 

And healeth all thy pain. 

All within me bless the Lord 

Who hath redeemed my soul, 
His lovingkindness be adored 

That crowns, and makes me whole.. 

His tender mercy He bestows 

On me, from day to day, 
To where the living water flows 

He still directs my way. 

My youth He evermore renews, 

My mouth with good things fills ; 
He executeth righteousness ; 

In judgment He excells. 

Gracious and merciful is He, 

And unto anger slow. 
He will not chide with me, 

Nor keep His anger so. 



Ear as the heaven is high above 

The earth; in His domain 
So great His mercy He doth prove 

Toward them that fear His name. 

As far as East is from the West 

He hath our sins removed, 
Like as a father He hatli blessed, 

And cared for His beloved. 

O ye His angels, bless the Lord, 

Ye that in strength excel, 
All ye that hearken to His word, 

And His commandments tell. 

In heaven He hath prepared His throne, 

His Kingdom over all ; 
Bless Him in all His works alone, 

O bless the Lord, my soul. 
Jan. 28, 1891 L. R. 

In this chapter it would he well to append a description of one of 
the pioneer Tunker churches, with which numerous descendants of 

Mock Church near Pleasantville, Pa. 


Alexander Mack have been associated. The church is known as the 
Mock Church, in the Dunnings Creek District. The church is lo- 
cated one and a half miles south of the village of Pleasantville, 
Pennsylvania, and one half mile west. There it is upon the hillside 
beside a country road surrounded by tree-covered hills. It stands 
in a clearing and reminds the visitor of the days when the hardy 
pioneers cleared the space on the hillside where loving hands erected 
nearly one hundred years ago this substantial place of worship. 
When the writer visited the spot which once was an inspiration to 
the builders, the log building still stood solidly but the clay chinking 
was falling from the logs and the interior was used for purposes 
other than those for which it had been originally intended. It car- 
ried one back in mind to another day when the hardy pioneers lifted 
their voices in praise to the great God who meant so much to them. 
Let us turn to the account in the History of the Church of the Breth- 
ren in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, for a description of this 
historic church. 

When, on April 1, 1841, George Mack Holsinger, a deacon, and 
George Stull, a lay member, moved from .Morrison's Cove to Dun- 
nings Creek, they found John Garber, a minister too timid to preach, 
and some half dozen members already located. Whence these came 
is not known. Others moved in shortly and a nucleus for a preach- 
ing place was formed. 

The little group went to work, too. About 1843, George M. Hol- 
singer and Moses Rogers were called to the ministry and perhaps 
Robert Callahan, Sr., was made a deacon. Then a friend, Christian 
Mock, whose wife was a member, gave three quarters of an acre 
on the Layton road about two miles from Pleasantville as a building 
site for a church and in 1844 the little group had completed the log 
house which is still standing and known as Mock Church. At the 
dedication Leonard Furry spoke. The members were much en- 
couraged. While their ministers were young and inexperienced in 
the ministry, much of the preaching was done by Martin Miller, 
Christian Long, and others. 

But because these spoke in the German and were not readily 
understood, the congregation invited ministers from the Cone- 
maugh congregation near Johnstown to come over and speak to the 
people in the English. It is related with justifiable pride that such 
brethren as Levi Roberts, nearly seventy years old, and Peter Lutz, 
much younger, did not shrink from walking the twenty miles over 
that Allegheny Mountain to hold three services over a week end. 
Also that every four weeks John Mineely, though crippled, would 
endure the horseback ride to render a like service. 


This spot was close to the heart of the early worshipers. Just 
above the log building they interred their dead. God's Acre is well 
tilled. From some of the stones we gleaned the following inscrip- 
tions: "Lemon J. Mock, died July 11, 1916; aged 49 years, 11 months, 
and 14 days." "George M. Holsinger, died April 4, 1862; aged 57 
years, 10 months, and 27 days." "Sarah, wife of George M. Hol- 
singer, died March 15, 1896; aged 86 years, 6 months, and 17 days." 
"Levi Holsinger, died June 30, 1855 ; aged 22 years, 6 months, and 
6 days." "Barbara, wife of Thomas S. Holsinger, died October 28, 
1863; aged 33 years, 6 months, and 25 days." "Thomas, son of T. S. 
and Elizabeth Holsinger, died April 12, 1872; aged 17 days." "George 
E., son of Thomas and Barbara Holsinger, died April 26, 1858; 
aged 9 days." "Christian Mock, died May 23, 1855 ; aged 72 years, 
11 months, and 4 days." 

This church should be preserved as a shrine for those who need 
to be reminded again of the sacrifices of our pioneer forefathers. 
Their lives, ambitions, and consecration should be a challenge to 
a generation inclined to grow soft not only physically but per- 
haps spiritually. 



John Holsinger and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger of Bedford 
County, Pa., were, as has been previously mentioned, the parents of 
nine children. Their names have been listed elsewhere in this work. 
This section has to do with the next generation or their grand- 
children and descendants. We have no records of any children born 
to the marriage of Susannah Holsinger and Daniel Leidy. 

Jacob Holsinger (Alexander Mack, Alexander, Jr., William, 
Elizabeth Holsinger Mack, Jacob) was born Aug. 22, 1799. He 
was the second child to be born to their union. He died Jan. 14, 
1860. He was married twice, first to Anne Diehl and second to 
Elizabeth Miller. To this union were born four children: 

1. John Holsinger. No other records. 

2. Joseph Holsinger, b. Oct. 6, 1830, in Iowa ; d. Dec. 2, 1866, at 
Libertyville, Jefferson Co., Iowa. He was a minister and a public 
schoolteacher. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren. 
He was married March IS, 18SS, at Libertyville, Iowa, to Mary 
Ann Peebles, b. July 21, 1834; d. Dec. 1936. They were the parents 

1. Lydia Ann Holsinger. b. Nov. 30, 1856; d. Dec. 4, 1936, at 
Fair Oaks, Calif. ; buried in I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Sacramento, 
Calif.; m. Reuben Moss, b. Nov. 8, 1854; d. March 24, 1924, at 
Somerton, Ariz. ; buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Sacramento, 
Calif. Occupation: farmer. Issue: three children. 

1. Frank, b. Nov. 13, 1877. 

2. Viola, b. July 30, 1881 in Monroe Co., Iowa; m. April 2, 1906, 
at Sacramento, Calif., to John Orr, b. March 14, 1877 at Doon, On- 
tario, Canada. Present address: Fair Oaks, Calif. Occupation: 
Secretary and Treasurer Building Trade. Issue : three children. 

1. Agnes Jean, b. March 18, 1908, at Sacramento, Calif.; m. Dec. 
24, 1937, to Arnold J. Bauska, b. April 19, 1909. Present address : 
20 Third Street, Yuma, Ariz. 



2. Wilda May, b. Nov. 23, 1909, at Sacramento, Calif. Occupation : 
Registered Nurse; m. Jan. 8, 1934, to Carl A. Schnetz, at Reno, 
Nev., b. Aug. 25, 1898, at Baden, Germany. Occupation : baker. 
Present address: 1764 Fourth Ave., Sacramento, Calif. Issue: one 

1. Karl John, b. Feb. 26, 1935. 

3. John Leland, b. June 11, 1920. 

3. Ora Jene, b. Nov. 10, 1885, at Eddyville, Iowa; m. May 31, 
1914, at Somerton, Ariz., Ethel Gertrude Thurman, b. Nov. 14, 1894, 
at Vista, Calif. Occupation: farmer. Members of Methodist Church. 
Present address: Somerton, Ariz. Issue: one child. 

1. Orville Jene, b. May 14, 1916. 

3. Nancy Holsinger. No other records. 

4. Sally Holsinger. No other records. 

John Mack Holsinger, third child of John and Elizabeth Mack 
Holsinger, b. near Bakers Summit, Pa., March 18, 1802; d. May 28, 
1872; buried in the Holsinger Cemetery near Bakers Summit, Pa. 
To the union of John Mack and Barbara Long Holsinger were born 
six children : 

1. Christian Holsinger, b. near Bakers Summit, Pa., Sept. 6, 1831 ; 
d. March 18, 1869, at Martinsburg, Pa. He was a member of the 
Church of the Brethren and a farmer; m. Oct. 19, 1854, in Cambria, 
Pa., to Elizabeth Paul, b. in Cambria Co., June 30, 1834; d. May 25, 
1912, at Ridgely, Md. ; buried in the Denton, Md., Cemetery. Issue : 
eight children. 

1. Paul Holsinger, b. Oct. 18, 1855; d. Aug. 4, 1938; m. Jan. 11, 
1876, to Mary E. Lego, b. Sept. 3, 1854 in Pa.; d. Oct. 14, 1920: 
buried at Denton, Md. Members of Brethren Church. Present ad- 
dress : Ridgely, Md. Issue : eight children. 

1. A. Howard, b. Oct. 31, 1876; m. Lure Rittenhouse. Present ad- 
dress; Santa Cruz, Calif. 

2. Harvey L., b. May 7, 1879; m. Eva Pennington. Present ad- 
dress : Baltimore, Md. 

3. David L. Holsinger, b. May 24, 1881. Present address: Ridgely, 

4. Pearl, b. April 8, 1884; d. Aug. 18, at Fort Morgan, Colo.; m. 
June 15, 1940, to Charles Snoddy, b. Dec. 4, 1886, at Albion, Ohio. 
Present address : Salem, Ohio. Issue : two children. 

1. Lavioletto, b. April 3, 1911; m. at Covington, Ky., Aug. 13, 


1930, to J. D, Lucas, b. Dec. 22, 1906, at West Salem, Ohio. Occupa- 
tion: tree surgery. Present address: 211 Cameron St., Brush, Colo. 
Issue : three children. 

1. Jimmie Jerome, b. Feb. 23, 1932. 

2. Joann, b. July 10, 1935. 

3. Jerry Lynn, b. Aug. 13, 1937. 

2. Mildred, b. Jan. 22, 1914, at Ridgely, Md.; m. Nov. 23, 1932, at 
Granger, Ohio, to Homer Barnes, b. April 29, 1897, at Homerville, 
Ohio. Occupation: foreman. Present address: Homerville, Ohio. 
Issue: two children. 

1. Jarkie, b. Nov. 7, 1933; d. April 29, 1934. 

2. David, b. April 27, 1935. 

5. Belle, b. Sept. 19, 1886; d. July 2, 1912; m. Bernard Sparks. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Bessie, m. Randolph Robinson, 3814 Morrison St., N. VV„ 
Washington, D. C. 

2. Pauline, m. William Ryan. 

6. B. Harrison (a twin), b. Jan. 28, 1889, at Martinsburg, Pa.; 
m. Myrtle Walker. Present address : Ridgely, Md. Issue : one child. 

1. M. Paul, b. April 14, 1914, at Ridgely, Md. ; m. Aug. 6, 193o, 
Katherine Spies, b. Feb. 19, 1918, at Preston, Md. Occupation ; 
mechanical engineer. Present address : 7241 Rodbourne Road, Up- 
per Darby, Pa. 

7. Morton (a twin), b. Jan. 23, 1889, at Martinsburg, Pa.; m. 
May 18, 1912, to Evelyn Green, b. June 14, 1887, at Ridgely, Md. 
Occupation : salesman. Present address : Prospect Park, Pa. Issue : 
one child. 

1. Francis Lego, b. Feb. 25, 1913. 

8. Bessie, b. Nov. 20, 1892, at Ridgely, Md. ; m. Dec. 28, 1910, to 
Linwood Jarrell, b. Jan. 25, 1888, at Greensboro, Md. Occupation : 
farmer. Present address: Greensboro, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Mary Adeline, b. Oct. 29, 1911 ; m. Aug. 17, 1935, at New York 
City to Ralph Stewart. Issue : one child. 

1. Richard Jarrell, b. May 20, 1936. 

2. Josephine, b. July 13, 1914. 

3. Linwood Orrell, b. July 31, 1923. 

Paul Holsinger married for his second wife, Elizabeth Bracken, 
Aug. 7, 1928. 


2. John R. Holsinger, second son of Christian and Elizabeth 
Paul Holsinger, b. April 9, 1857, in Bedford County, Pa.; m. Nov. 
28, 1878, at Woodbury, Pa., to Leah Replogle, b. Aug. 24, 1857, 
at Waterside, Pa. Members of Church of the Rrethren. Present 
address : Denton, Md. Issue : six children. 

1. Harry, b. in Bedford Co., in 1876 or 1879; m. Sallie King, b. 
March 15, 1877. He died May 11, 1913, at Ridgely, Md. Issue: 
seven children. 

1. Ella Ada, b. Sept. 2, 1900; ra. Oct. 8, 1920 to Frank Gerner, b. 
Aug. 30, 1893 at Mount Joy, Pa. Occupation : city mail carrier. 
Present address : Mount Joy, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Frank Francis, b. Oct. 14, 1922; d. Nov. 11, 1922. 

2. Robert Eugene, b. Nov. 26, 1923. 

2. Hulda Irene, b. June 25, 1902; m. June 28, 1924, at Elizabeth- 
town, Pa., to A. H. Forney, b. July 17, 1898, at Elizabethtown, Pa. 
Occupation : mechanic. Present address : 230 South Market St., 
Elizabetltown, Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. Nancy Patricia, b. June 28, 1926. 

2. Abram Holsinger, b. Oct. 6, 1931. 

3. Sarah King, b. Oct. 17, 1903; d. Feb. 25, 1912. 

4. Rachel Beulah, b. July 12, 1905; m. Martin Pfeifer. Present 
address : South Market St., Elizabethtown, Pa. 

5. Elizabeth Nora, b. Sept. 7, 1907. 

6. Kathryn Mary, b. Sept. 12, 1910. 

7. Harry King, b. Oct. 19, 1912. 

2. Nora E., b. May 20, 1881 ; m. a Fischer. Present address : 2708 
Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa. 

3. Clara B., b. July 5. 1883 near Hollidaysburg, Pa. ; d. Sept. 29. 
1930, at Pottstown, Pa. ; buried in East Coventry Cemetery near 
Pottstown, Pa. ; m. Nov. 3, near Ridgely, Md., to J. C. Spicher, b. 
Aug. 16, 1880, at Rockton, Pa. Members of Church of the Brethren. 
Occupation : farmer. Issue : seven children. 

1. Lena I., b. Sept. 10, 1906, at Ridgely, Md. ; m. Sept. 1, 1928, at 
Pottstown, Pa., to J. Horace Sypherd, b. June 30, 1902, at Coates- 
ville, Pa. Members of Brethren Church. Occupation : laborer. 
Present address: Pottstown, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Phoebe Clara, b. May 13, 1929. 

2. John Levi, b. July 17, 1931. 


3. Leah A., b. Sept. 20, 1933. 

2. J. Paul, b. April 28, 1909; d. Aug. 1, 1932. 

3. Etta Marie, b. Jan. 3, 1911, Denton, Md.; m. Oct. 29, 1932, at 
Pottstown, Pa., to W. L. Speer, b. Aug. 6, 1909, at Ambridge, Pa. 
Occupation : bridge worker. Present address : Pottstown, R. D., Pa. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Rose Marie, b. Aug. 5, 1935. 

2. Wilrna Lee, b. Dec. 11, 1936. 

4. J. Calvin, b. Sept. 11, 1913, Denton, Md. ; m. Hazel Maurer, b. 
Nov. 29, 1908. Occupation : farmer. Present address : Pottstown, Pa. 

5. Ruth O., b. March 19, 1915, Denton, Md. ; member of the 
Brethren Church ; m. Dec. 14, 1935, to John Bergman, b. Dec. 18, 
1909, at Philadelphia, Pa. Occupation ; paperhanger and painter. 
Present address : Fruitville, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Joan Elizabeth, b. May 3, 1937. 

2. John, b. May 28, 1938. 

3. Jesse Calvin, b. Dec. 31, 1939. 

6. David M., b. Dec. 28, 1916; d. Dec. 10, 1918. 

7. Clair L., b. Feb. 8, 1920. 

4. Irene Holsinger, b. Dec. 15, 1885. 

5. Ruth, b. Jan. 6, 1894. 

6. Eula, b. Aug. 11, 1899, Ridgely, Md.; member of Brethren 
Church ; m. Oct. 17, 1931, to George Middleton at Denton, Md., b. 
July 1, 1898. Occupation : bus operator. Present address : 1206, 
Chester, Pa. 

3. Barbara Holsinger, third child of Christian L. and Elizabeth 
Paul Holsinger, was born April 30, 1859. She died Sept. 29, 1930, 
at La Verne, California. She is buried in Inglewood Cemetery at 
Inglewood, California. She was married Dec. 25, 1887, at Loysburg, 
Pa., to David B. Stayer, who was born April 20, 1852, at Loysburg 
and died June 6, 1931, at La Verne, California. He is buried in 
Inglewood Cemetery. Members of the Church of the Brethren. 
Occupation : farmer. Issue : five children. 

1. Emmert, b. Aug. 20, 1879, at Woodbury, Pa.; m. Aug. 15, 1901, 
at Ridgely, Md., to Ada Jane Brumbaugh, b. June 30, 1880, at En- 
triken, Pa. Occupation : carpenter. Members of the Church of the 
Brethren. Present address : 2344 Third St., La Verne, Calif. Issue : 
five children. 


1. Ollie B., b. June 10, 1901, at Roaring Spring, Pa.; ra. May 25, 
1922, at La Verne, Calif., Virgil W. Neher, b. May 23, 1903, at 
Inglewood, Calif. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Oc- 
cupation : radio and electric dealer. Present address : 458 N. Gibles. 
Pomona, Calif. Issue: one child. 

1. Clarence William, b. Sept. 23, 1923. 

2. Grace B., b. March 5, 1903, at Inglewood, Calif.; member of 
the Church of the Brethren; m. April 8, 1922, at Fresno, Calif., to 
Charles Patmon, b. March 22, 1898, at Dresden, Kans. Occupation: 
farmer. Present address : Hoxie, Kansas. Issue : four children. 

1. Grace Irene, b. March 7, 1923. 

2. Charles, b. Sept. 19, 1924. 

3. William Leonard, b. Feb. 24, 1928. 

4. Patricia June, b. July 15, 1932. 

3. Lottie I., b. Dec. 29, 1904, at Inglewood, Calif. ; m. Aug. 15, 
1926, at La Verne, Calif., to Wilbur L. Lapp, b. Feb. 12, 1904, at 
Cambridge, Nebr. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Pres- 
ent address: 331 N. Wabash Ave., Glendora, Calif. Issue: two 

1. Lloyd Wagner, h. Oct. 5, 1929. 

2. Robert Stanley, b. Oct. 2, 1934. 

4. Leonard Austin, b. Oct. 8, 1906, at Inglewood, Calif. ; m. July 
16, 1927, at San Bernardino, Calif., to Mable Lee Hereford, b. March 
13, 1912, in Fulton, Kans. Occupation: rancher. Present address: 
Inyokern, Calif. Issue : one child. 

1. James Leonard, b. Aug. 4, 1930. 

5. Martha Elizabeth, b. Oct. 26, 1909, Inglewood, Calif.; m. June 
30, 1931, Ernest Hall, b. Aug. 11, 1908, at Quinland, Okla. Present 
address: 216 North Chandler St., Monterey iPark, Calif. Member 
of Brethren Church. Issue : three children. 

1. Harley Claude, b. Aug. 6, 1932. 

2. Betty June, b. Nov. 24, 1933. 

3. Ernest Everett, b. Oct. 17, 1936. 

2. Elizabeth Holsinger, b. Jan. 3, 1883, at Loysburg, Pa. ; m. July 
26, 1904, at Inglewood, Calif., Warren E. Spaulding, b. Sept. 30, 
1879, Fairmount, N. D. Occupation : gardener. Present address : 
Carlbad, Calif. Issue: five children. 


1. Edgar David, b. May 20, 1907, at Inglewood, Calif.; m. Vivian 
Johnson, b. Jan. 30, 1917, at Clay Center, Nebr. Present address: 
Dos Palos, Calif. 

2. Irma Barbara, b. Sept. 12, 1909, at Inglewood, Calif.; m. June 
6, 1932, Harold Ratcliff, b. in Iowa, Feb. 12, 1905. Occupation : of- 
fice worker. Members of Methodist Church. Present address : North 
Carlsbad, Calif. Issue : two children. 

1. Boy, stillborn. 

2. Patricia Ann, b. June 20, 1937. 

3. Henry William, b. Feb. 1, 1912. 

4. George Ellis, b. April 19, 1918. 

5. Adella Elizabeth, b. Jan. 2, 1920; m. March 2, 1938, to Sidney 
O. Nestegard, b. Aug. 25, 1912, at Leeds, N. D. Occupation: car- 
penter. Present address : Carlsbad, Calif. 

3. Norman H. ( b. June 25, 1886, at Ridgely, Md. ; m. May 27, 1908. 
to Elizabeth Lehman, b. June 15, 1882, at Marcus, Iowa. Members 
of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation : rancher. Present ad- 
dress: 110 S. Eucalyptus St., Inglewood, Calif. Issue: two chil- 

1. Elnora May, b. July 12, 1910. 

2. Alvin Lee, b. Dec. 25, 1911; m. Mary I. Kmmert. Present ad- 
dress: 1046 W. Gladstone Ave., San Dimas, Calif. 

4. Elsie H., b. Oct. 27, 1892; m. Dec. 6, 1913. to Luke Minnich, 
I). Dec. 13, 1892, at Eaton, Ind. Members of Church of the Brethren. 
Occupation: grape grower. Present address: Kingsburg, Calif. Is- 
sue: three children. 

1. Mabel Lucile, b. April 2, 1915; m. Francis Miller, Dec. 16, 
1936, b. Feb. 14, 1914, at Kingsburg, Calif. Present address: 410A 
E. Cook St., Santa Maria, Calif. 

2. Rowena Barbara, b, Feb. 6, 1917 ; m. June 3, 1936, to Jack 
Gridley, b. July 16, 1914, at Sacramento, Calif. Occupation : grocery 
clerk. Present address: 4776 Balch Ave., Fresno, Calif. 

3. Florence Elizabeth, b. June 12, 1925. 

5. Sarah, b. Sept. 15, 1896; d. July 9, 1907. 

4. Rachel, fourth child of Christian and Elizabeth Paul Holsinger, 
was torn March 30, 1861. She was married on Oct. 24, 1878 to 
Levi Stuckey, who was born Sept. 11, 1858, at New Enterprise, Pa. 


He died April 3, 1936, at New Enterprise, Pa. He was a minister in 
the Church of the Brethren and a farmer. Issue : seven children. 

1. Pauline, b. Sept. 21, 1879, at Waterside, Pa.; m. Jerry Seese, 
Nov. 1, 1906, b. March 14, 1879, in Somerset Co., Pa. Members of 
the Church of the Brethren. Occupation: farmer. Present address: 
East Greenville, Pa. Issue : five children. 

1. Levi Hylton, b. Jan. 3, 1909, at Quakertown, Pa.; m. March 19, 
1932, Esther K. Long, b. April 10, 1912, at Bergly, ,Pa. Members of 
Church of the Brethren. Occupation : farmer. Present address : 
Souderton, Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Philip Armin, b. Aug. 8, 1936. 

2. Russel Jay, b. June 26, 1910; m. March 19, 1932, Blanch C. 
Price, b. Feb. 18, 1911, at Harleysville, Pa. Members of the Church 
of the Brethren. Occupation : farmer. Present address : Souderton, 
Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. James Arnold, b. March 27, 1933. 

2. Leon, b. July 4, 1934; d. same day. 

3. Rachel Elizabeth, b. April 25, 1912; m. Oct. 8, 1932, to Luke 
Mayer, b. Aug. 13, 1910. Occupation: foreman in clothing factory. 
Members of Church of the Brethren. Present address : Souderton, 
Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Ralph, b. Sept. 20, 1934. 

2. Hazel, b. Nov. 18, 1936. 

4. Huldah Mae, b. May 31, 1917. 

5. Effie Grace, b. Feb. 9, 1920. 

2. Preston H. Stuckey, b. March 31, 1882, at New Enterprise, Pa. 
Member of the Church of the Brethren. President of the Wirst Co., 
Philadelphia, Pa.; m. April 16, 1908, to Minnie Bell Isenberg, b. 
Sept. 14, 1885, at Loysburg, Pa., and d. Feb. 26, 1925 ; buried at New 
Enterprise, Pa. Present address : 6655 McCollum St., German- 
town, Pa. 

3. Jacob H. Stuckey, b. Feb. 17, 1885, at New Enterprise, Pa.; 
m. Oct. 1, 1907, to Ethel Kepple, b. May 2, 1891, at Altoona, Pa. 
Members of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : farmer. Present 
address : New Enterprise, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Robert, b. Aug. 12, 1907; m. Amelia Aurant, April 18, 1936, b. 
Aug. 19, 1906, at Yellow Springs. Pa. Member of Church of 


the Brethren. Occupation : farmer. Present address : New Enter- 
prise, Pa. 

4. Maurice H. Stuckey, b. Jan. 27, 1887, at New Enterprise, Pa. ; 
d. Feb. 8, 1939; buried at New Enterprise, Pa.; m. March 3, 1909, 
to Ethel Hoover, b. Aug. 3, 1889, at Yellow Creek, Pa. Members 
of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation : farmer and carpenter. 
Present address : Telford, Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Preston H., b. Jan. 11, 1910, at New Enterprise, Pa.; m. Sept. 
28, 1929, to Florence Kulp, b. Jan. 8, 1910, at Hatfield, Pa. Member 
of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation : truck driver. Present 
address : North Wales, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Arlene, b. May 12, 1931. 

2. Beulah Elizabeth, b. March 30, 1912. 

3. Maurice H, b. Jan. 8, 1921. 

4. Ethel Ruby, b. April 4, 1923 ; d. same day. • 

5. Susan Holsinger, b. March 20, 1890; d. Feb. 23, 1894. 

6. Alma Holsinger, b. Aug. 1, 1892; d. May 25, 1897. 

7. Huldah Holsinger, b. Sept. 17, 1895; m. Paul Mans, May 28, 
1930, b. April 28, 1893, at Keystone, Pa. Members of Church of 
the Brethren. Occupation : bookkeeper. Present address : Flourtown, 

5. David, fifth child of Christian L. and Elizabeth Paul Holsinger, 
was born Dec. 2, 1862, in Bedford Co., Pa. He married Amelia 
Stayer, Dec. 29, 1881, who was born Feb. 6, 1859, in Bedford Co., 
Pa. Members of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : farmer. 
Present address : 6th St., La Verne, Calif. Issue : three children. 

1. Adam S., b. Aug. 31, 1884, at Loysburg, Pa.; m. June 27, 1906, 
to Lydia Russel, b. Sept. 29, at Greensboro, Md. Member of Breth- 
ren Church. Present address: Ridgely, Md. Issue: three children. 

1. Dorothy Elizabeth, b. May 3, 1908; m. Aug. 31, 1935, to Kenneth 
Corbett, b. May 8, 1910, at Belle Vernon, Pa. Occupation : research 
chemist. Present address : Neff sville, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Dorothy Ann, b. June 14, 1937. 

2. Anna Virginia, b. June 20, 1912. 

3. Leland Russel, b. March 21, 1915. 


2. Anna S., b. May 24, 1886, near New Enterprise, Pa.; d. April 
17, 1913, in Pomona, Calif.; buried in Ridgely, Md. ; m. Nov. 25, 
1905, at Ridgely, Md., to Oram Cecil, b. Jan. 12, 1879 at Centervillc, 
Md. Occupation: farmer. Members of Church of the Brethren. 
Present address : Centerville, Md. Issue : three children. 

1. Hylton Webster, b. Nov. 14, 1906; m. Sept. 28, 1929, to Eliza- 
beth Jones, b. Nov. 18, 1904, at Chester, Md. Member of Church of 
the Brethren. Occupation : chemical salesman. Present address : 
5205 Carter Ave., Baltimore, Md. Issue: two children. 

1. Carl Hylton, b. July 16, 1934. 

2. Beverly Elizabeth, b. July 22, 1937. 

2. Charles Willis, b. May 21, 1910. 

3. Amelia May, b. March 31, 1913, at La Verne, Calif.; m. Feb. 
6, 1931, at Denton, Md., to John Reinhold, b. Nov. 19, 1905, at East 
McKeesport, Pa. Occupation: farmer. Members of Church of the 
Brethren. Present address: Centerville, Md. Issue: two children. 

1. John David, b. Oct. 6, 1931. 

2. Margaret Ann, b. Nov. 28, 1935. 

3. Christian S., b. April 30, 1888, in Bedford Co., Pa. ; m. Dec. 
28, 1907. at Denton, Md., to Clara Turnt, b. Dec. 25, 1888, at Queens- 
boro, Md. Member of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : farmer. 
Present address : Ridgely, Md. Issue : one child. 

1. Marguerite B., b. March 26, 1909, at Philadelphia, Pa.; m. 
Aug. 13, 1933, to Joseph W. White, b. at Oconomowac, Wis., Nov. 
20, 1911. Members of Protestant Episcopal Church. Occupation : 
lumber salesman. Present address : Denton, Md. Issue : two children. 

1. John David, b. Nov. 4, 1934. 

2. Richard Cowen, b. Sept. 9, 1937. 

6. Jacob Paul Holsinger, sixth child of Christian L. and Eliza- 
beth Paul Holsinger, was born Oct. 17, 1864, at Bakers Summit, 
Pennsylvania; died July 7, 1931, at the Deaconess Hospital, Free- 
port, Illinois ; buried in Holsinger Cemetery at Bakers Summit, 
Pennsylvania. Occupation : merchant. Members of Church of the 
Brethren. Present address of family : South Main Street, Roaring 
Spring, Pennsylvania. He was married on Nov. 17, 1887, at New 
Enterprise to Minnie Ober Biddle who was born Sept. 21, 1866, at 
New Enterprise, Pennsylvania. Issue : two children. 

1. Clyde Biddle, b. June 29, 1890; m. Marguerite Charles. 


2. Paul Biddle, b. July 9, 1896; m. Anita Florence Melville. 

7. Christian Holsinger, seventh child of Christian and Elizabeth 
Paul Holsinger, was born Aug. 4, 1866, at Martinsburg, Pennsylva- 
nia; died July 2, 1931, at Denton, Maryland; buried there. Occupa- 
tion : farmer. Member of Church of the Brethren. Present address 
of family: Denton, Maryland. He was married on Mar. 31, 1888, to 
Elizabeth Eversole, who was born Feb. 5, 1860, at New Enterprise, 
Pennsylvania. Issue : six children. 

1. May, b. Feb. 8, 1885 ; m. Oct. 24, 1914, at Ridgely, Md., to Ralph 
Thawley, b. at Denton, Md., Dec. 11, 1883. Members of Church of 
the Brethren. Present address: Denton, Md. Issue: one child. 

1. Paul Sparklin (adopted), b. Dec. 31, 1918; m. March 16, 1936, 
to Stella Arnond, b. May 17, 1915. Occupation : button cutter. 
Members of Church of the Brethren. Issue : one child. 

1. Elogeanne Elaine, b. Dec. 25, 1936. 

2. Arthur, b. Sept. 15, 1886; d. Oct. 12, 1918, at Wilmington, Del.; 
buried at Denton, Md. ; m. Minnie Mitchell. Occupation: carpenter 
in shipyard. Member of Church of the Brethren. Issue : one child. 

1. Charles Mervin, b. May 2, 1909. Minnie Holsinger is now mar- 
ried to Clarence Jester of Folson, Pa. 

3. Harry, b. Oct. 5, 1888, at Waterside, Pa.: m. Dec. 19. 1912, at 
Hagerstown, Md., Gertrude Rowland, I). Oct. 30, 1889, at Reid, Md. 
Occupation : farmer. Member of Church of the Brethren. Present 
address: Ridgely, Md. Issue: 

1. Vivian Lucile, b. Oct. 10, 1913, at Ridgely, Md.; m. July 7, 1934, 
at Wilmington, Del., to Harry Altemus, b. Aug. 2, 1902, at Wilming- 
ton, Del. Member of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : salesman. 
Present address: 105 Silview Ave., Silview, Del. Issue: three chil- 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. April 30, 1935. 

2. Harry, b. Dec. 13, 1936. 

3. Dorothy, b. April 11, 1938. 

4. Earl, b. Oct. 16, 1891, near Denton, Md. ; m. Dec. 24, 1912, at 
Denton, Md., by Rev. Rairigh, to Annice Rairigh, b. Feb. 8, 1893, at 
Johnstown, Pa. Occupation : farmer. Members of Church of the 
Brethren in which he is a deacon. Present address : Ridgely, Md. 
Issue : two children. 


1. Harold U., b. June 24, 1915; m. Oct. 2, 1937, at Denton, Md., to 
Margaret Krabill, b. Dec. 2, 1916. Members of Church of the Breth- 
ren. Occupation : farmer. Present address : Ridgely, Md. 

2. Ethel Adeline, b. Xov. 23, 1919; in. Raymond Buckling. Present 
address : Ridgely, Md. 

5. Grace, b. Jan. 31, 1895; m. Edward Bowman. Present address : 
Ridgely, Md. 

6. Lloyd, b. Feb. 15, 1897, at Ridgely, Md. ; m. to Blanch Whisler, 
April 23, 1917, at Denton, Md., b. July 11, 1896, at Boulder, Colo. 
Occupation : baby chick hatcher. Members of Church of the Breth- 
ren. Present address: Aquasco, Md. Issue: two children. 

1. Lloyd Charles, b. June 23, 1918. 

2. Rebecca Elizabeth, b. Jan. 28, 1924. 

8. Elizabeth Holsinger, eighth child of Christian and Elizabeth 
Paul Holsinger, was born June 26, 1868; died 1910; married Bert 

2. Elizabeth Holsinger, daughter of John Mack and Elizabeth 
Long Holsinger, was born Nov. 28, 1833, near Bakers Summit, Pa. 
The exact date of her death is uncertain. She is buried in the Eshel- 
man Cemetery at Woodbury. She married Michael Bechtel, who 
was born Dec. 17, 1824, in Washington Co., Md. He died June 15, 
1910. Issue to this union : three children. 

1. Aaron H. Bechtel, b. Oct. 6, 1859; d. July 15, 1937, at Wood- 
bury, Pa. ; m. March 24, 1882, to Fannie Guyer, b. Oct. 3, 1859, at 
Loysburg, Pa. Buried at Dry Hill Cemetery, Woodbury, Pa. Mem- 
ber of Church of the Brethren. Issue : five children. 

1. Chalmer G., b. July 29, 1883, at Woodbury, Pa.; m. on June 
4, 1916, at Roaring Spring, Pa., Lena B. Stayer, b. at New Enter- 
prise, Pa., May 14, 1890. Occupation : merchant. Members of 
Church of the Brethren. Present address : Woodbury, Pa. Issue : one 

1. Walter, b. May 12, 1922. 

2. Annie G., b. Feb. 26, 1*5 ; d. July 12, 1886. 

3. Daniel G., b. Feb. 13, 1887, at Woodbury, Pa. ; m. Fanny Stone- 
rock. Present address : 88 Woodland Ave., Mansfield, Ohio. Issue : 
one child. 

1. Frank K, b. July 16, 1912; m. Mabel Eamigh, Nov. 29, 1933, at 
Cumberland, Md., b. Aug. 19, 1914, at Altoona, Pa. Present address : 


319 North Mulberry St., Mansfield, Ohio. Occupation : Westing- 
house employee. Issue : one child. 
1. Gary Kenneth, b. July 8, 1934. 

4. Lena G., b. Dec. 10, 1889; d. Aug. 3, 1922, at Altoona, Pa.; 
buried in Dry Hill Cemetery at Woodbury, Pa.; m. June 2, 1911, 
at Hollidaysburg, Pa., to G. P. Wagner, b. Dec. 18, 1886. Occupa- 
tion : railroad conductor ; now retired. Members of Brethren 
Church. Present address : Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Leota Romaine, b. Nov. 3, 1912; m. John B. McCracken. Issue: 
one child. 

1. Leota Romaine, b. June 11, 1932. 

2. Maxine Virginia, b. Dec. 8, 1914; m. E. J. Schultz. Issue: one 

1. Edward Donald, b. July 23, 1937. 

3. Walter Joseph, b. May 22, 1922. 

5. John G., b. Aug. 12, 1879, at Woodbury, Pa. ; m. Oct. 30, 1916, 
at Cumberland, Md., to Bertha Elizabeth Cromer, b. Oct. 2, 1900, at 
Altoona, Pa. Member of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : 
salesman for Haller Bakery. Present address : 2428 Fourth Ave., 
Altoona, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Dorothy Mae, b. Nov. 24, 1918. 

2. Eleanor Ruth, b. Aug. 6, 1924. 

2. John H. Bechtel, b. July 26, 1862, at Bakers Summit, Pa. ; m. 
Sept. 16, 1890, at North Liberty, Ohio, by Rev. I. D. Bowman, Ida 
B. Lash, b. Feb. 15, 1867, at North Liberty, Ohio. Members of 
Brethren Church. Retired contractor. Present address : 7 North 
Mulberry St., Mansfield, Ohio. Issue : four children. 

1. Gladys L., b. Oct. 28, 1892; m. C. C Brumenschenkel. Present 
address : 23 North Broadway, Lebanon, Ohio. 

2. Florence, b. Oct. 31, 1894; m. Lillian Schwab, present address: 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

3. Ithna, b. Jan. 9, 1905, at North Liberty, Ohio; m. Sept. 18, 
1935, at Erie, Pa., to R. K. Ort, b. in Columbus, Ohio. Occupation : 
dentist. Present address : 703 Andover Road, Mansfield, Ohio. 

4. Lee, b. Jan. 7, 1909. 

3. Anna Holsinger Bechtel, b. Nov. 10, 1869, at New Enterprise, 
Pa. ; m. Aug. 19, 1896, to Levi Brumbaugh Stoudnour, b. May 26, 
1872, at Martinsburg, Pa. Present address : Roaring Spring, Pa. 
Issue : one child. 



1. Erla May, b. May 12, 1902. 

3. Esther Holsinger, daughter of John Mack and Barbara Lung 
Holsinger, was born near Bakers Summit, Pa., Sept. 13, 1835; died 
Feb. 24, 1916, near Greencastle, Pa. She was a member of the 
Church of the Brethren. She was married to Martin Mummert of 
Franklin Co., Pa., who died April 5, 1915, near Greencastle, Pa., 
and is buried in the Greencastle cemetery. Issue : five children. 

1. George, b. near Greencastle; d. unmarried; buried there. 

2. Amanda, b. Feb. 17, 1850, near Martinsburg, Pa.; m. on Deo. 
28, 1911, at Marion, Pa., to John Wentling, b. July 16, 1864, near 
Marion, Pa. Members of Lutheran Church. Present address: 
Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. 

3. Esther, d. unmarried; buried at Greencastle, Pa. 

4. Annie, unmarried. Retired schoolteacher. Present address : 
231 Ramsey Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 

5. Martin, b. Jan. 21, 1867 ; m. Jan. 10, 1895, to Anna Kate Mat- 
tern, b. July 27, 1867, at Martha Furnace, Pa. Occupation: farmer. 
Present address : Williamsburg, Pa. Issue : 

1. Martin, b. Oct. 3, 1896; m. May 21, 1924, to Lois Mary Shore, 
b. March 4, 1897. Occupation : farmer. Present address : Williams- 
burg, R. D., Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. George Edward, b. Oct. 16, 1926. 

2. Florence Elizabeth, b. Aug. 24, 1928. 

4. Susannah Holsinger was born Sept. 21, 1837, near Bakers Sum- 
mit, Pa. ; died May 22, 1915, at Woodbury, Pa. ; buried in the Eshel- 
man Cemetery near Woodbury. She was a 
member of the Brethren Church. She was 
united in marriage to John Sell, who was born 
Nov. 1, 1832, at Waterside, Pa. He died June 
23, 1905, at Salem ville, Pa. ; buried in the 
Eshelman Cemetery. Member of the Breth- 
ren Church. The following children were 
born to them : 

1. David H. Sell, b. Jan. 25, 1859; m. Anna 
McDonald, b. June 15, 1859; m. Dec. 13, 
1885. To this union was born one son, Charles. 
1. Charles Sell was born Oct. 2, 1890; m. 
Aug. 27, 1914, Mary Patterson in Columbus, 

usanna ^B o singer Ohio. She was born July 14, 1894, at Gahan- 


na, Ohio. Their present address in 124 West Norwich Avenue. 
Columbus, Ohio. To them were born three children. 

1. Charles Leroy, b. Sept. 29, 1915: d. July 1, 1932. 

2. Dorothy May, b. Aug. 2, 1917. 

3. Carl Edward, b. Feb. 25, 1928. 

2. Barbara H., b. June 1, 1860; m. Amos Johnson. Oct. 11, 1891. 
b. April 29, 1862. Issue : four children. 

1. Elsie, b. Jan. 9, 1893; m. Russel Crozier, Oct. 16, 1915, at 
Altoona, Pa., b. April 26, 1891, at Altoona. Present address: Morn- 
ingside Ave., Altoona, Pa. Issue: nine children. 

1. Russel, b. Oct. 20, 1916. 

2. Barbara, b. March 7, 1918. 

3. Richard, b. Sept. 2. 1921. 

4. Robert, b. Oct. 7, 1922. 

5. Doris, b. Jan. 27, 1923. 

6. David, b. June 30, 1924. 

7. Fred, b. March 4, 1926. 

8. Alton, b. Aug. 28, 1927. 

9. Daniel, b. Aug. 20, 1929. 

2. Howard Johnson, b. Aug. 14, 1894; m. Oct. 20, 1918, at Buffalo, 
N. Y., to Leta Gates, b. Sept. 18, 1894, at Waterside, Pa. Present 
address: 6434 Cass Ave., Detroit, Mich. Issue: three children. 

1. Robert, b. Jan. 17, 1921. 

2. Jane, b. June 8, 1923. 

3. Ruth, b. May 23, 1925. 

3. David Johnson, b. Jan. 19, 1896, at Woodbury, Pa.; m. Sept. 
3, 1912, at Martinsburg, Amelia Hartman, b. June 21, 1895, at Mar- 
tinsburg. Members of the Church of God. Present address : Roar- 
ing Spring, Pa. Issue : five children. 

1. Glenna Romaine, b. Sept. 5, 1913; m. Glenn Hollinger, Dec. 
24, 1935, at Martinsburg, b. May 20, 1913. Present address : Roaring 
Spring, Pa. 

2. Lenore Mary, b. Sept. 17, 1915 ; m. Daniel Frederick, Dec. 14, 
1933, at Martinsburg, Pa., b. Nov. 13, 1908, at Henrietta, Pa. Mem- 
bers of Church of God. Present address : Curryville, Pa. Issue : one 

1. Nellie Jane, b. March 31, 1934. 

3. Samuel Amos, b. Dec. 1, 1918. 

4. David Harding, b. March 2, 1921; d. March 8, 1921. 


5. Leonard Rickard, b. May 24, 1922. 

4. Susan Naomi, b. Oct. 3, 1898, at Roaring Spring, Pa. ; m. 
April 19, 1916, at Altoona, Pa., to Edgar Cook, b. Feb. 9, 1895, at 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. Members of the Methodist Church. Present 
address : 333 Main St., Latrobe, Pa. Issue : 

1. Edgar, b. May 9, 1918. 

3. Esther H., b. Jan. 20, 1862: d. May 5, 1928; m. George Smith, 
March 11, 1902, b. Dec. 6, 1852. 

4. John H., b. Dec. 30, 1863 ; m. Annie B. Replogle, Nov. 27, 1887, 
b. Sept. 2, 1864, at Woodbury, Pa. ; d. March 27, 1917, at Woodbury ; 
buried in Replogle Cemetery. Members of the Brethren Church. 
Issue: three children. 

1. Galen R., b. July 5, 1891, at Salemville; d. Feb. 11, 1933, at 
Woodbury, Pa.; buried in Replogle Cemetery; m. Aug. 15, 1917, 
at Woodbury to E. M. Haffly. Issue : one child. 

1. John Harvey, b. Aug. 1, 1926. 

2. John Roy, b. July 1, 1894, at New Enterprise, Pa.; m. July 19, 
1922, at Curryville, Pa., Mabelle Kagerise, b. at New Enterprise, 
Oct. 13, 1900. Members o r the Church of the Brethren. Present 
address : Martinsburg, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Charles Lester, b. July 7, 1923. 

2. Howard Wayne, b. July 30, 1928. 

3. Lester R., b. March 27, 1897, at Woodbury, Pa. ; m. March 30, 
1932, at Woodbury, Pa., Sarah Pepple, b. Feb. 19, 1911. Members 
of Church of the Brethren. Issue: one child. 

1. Evelyn Larue, b. July 2, 1934. 

After the death of Mrs. John H. Sell (Annie Replogle Sell), he 
married Elizabeth Stayer in 1918. She was born Aug. 10, 1869, and 
died April 24, 1932. 

5. Simon Holsinger Sell (son of John and Susanna Holsinger 
Sell), b. Oct. 20, 1865, at Woodbury, Pa. ; d. June 4, 1937, at Bedford, 
Pa.; m. Dec. 29, 1891, at Fairbury, Neb., Elizabeth Furry, b. Jan. 
5, 1870, at New Enterprise, Pa.; d. Sept. 9, 1938, at Bedford, Pa. 
An attorney. Issue : two children. 

1. Beulah May, b. Jan. 18, 1893; d. Jan. 31, 1893. 

2. Cathryn (adopted), b. Dec. 10, 1898; m. Philip Sponsler, Dec. 
21, 1927, b. June 2, 1889. Present address : 244 Richard St., Bedford, 
Pa. Occupation : Deputy of Prothonotary. Issue : two children. 


1. Leonard Sell, b. Sept. 15, 1932. 

2. Elizabeth Ann, b. Aug. 12, 1935. 

6. Levi H, b. Feb. 2, 1868; d. Feb. 12, 1868. 

7. Susanna H. Sell (daughter of John and Susanna Holsinger 
Sell), b. Sept. 25, 1869, in Woodbury Twp., Pa.; m. Oct. 1, 1891, 
William Carper at Bakers Summit, b. March 8, 1869, at Martins- 
burg, Pa. Members of Church of the Brethren. Present address : 
Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue: five children. 

1. Elvin Clyde, b. Aug. 5, 1892, at Woodbury, Pa.; m. Flora 
Stoudnour, Nov. 24, 1915, b. July 6, 1895. Occupation : machinist. 
Present address : Martinsburg, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Elvin Merle, b. Dec. 13, 1916. 

2. Ray Lester, b. Oct. 28, 1921. 

2. Edna Margaret, b. Oct. 22, 1893; d. Nov. 13, 1929; m. Charles 

3. Barbara Ellen, b. July 18, 1895; m. April 17, 1919, to George 
Zimmerman, at Martinsburg, Pa., b. Jan. 20, 1895. Occupation : 
blacksmith in Juniata Shop. Member Brethren in Christ Church. 
Issue : one child. 

1. Glenn Williams, b. Sept. 29, 1920. 

4. John William, b. Dec. 7, 1899, at Woodbury, Pa. ; m. Oct. 7, 
1922, to Esther Hoover, b. July 28, 1900, at Roaring Spring, Pa. 
Members of the Church of the Brethren. Present address : Wood- 
bury, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Gladys, b. March 29, 1930. 

5. Simon Sell, b. Sept. 9, 1904, in Woodbury Twp., Pa. ; m. Alice 
Imler, March 26, 1932, at Martinsburg, Pa., b. Nov. 6, 1904. Oc- 
cupation: farmer. Members of Church of God. Present address: 
Roaring Spring, R. D., Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Richard Carper, b. July 28, 1934. 

8. Cyrus H. Sell (son of John and Susanna Holsinger Sell), b. 
Aug. 10, 1871, at Woodbury, Pa. ; m. Dec. 30, 1894, at Loysburg, Pa., 
to Sara Mae Knisley, b. Nov. 30, 1873, near Bedford, Pa. ; d. Dec. 
22, 1929; buried in the Eshelman Cemetery at Woodbury, Pa. Mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church. Occupation : road foreman and notary 
public. Present address : Woodbury. Issue : five children. 

1. Pearl, b. Dec. 20, 1895, at Roaring Spring, Pa. ; m. James Croft, 
June 30, 1917, at Altoona, Pa., b. July 20, 1895, at Maria, Bedford 
Co., Pa. Members of Church of the Brethren. Occupation: me- 


chanic. Present address: 2314 Fourth Ave., Altoona, Pa, Issue: 

1. Marjorie Louise, b. March 25, 1927. 

2. Clyde, b. March 3, 1897, at Roaring Spring, Pa. ; m. Susie Over, 
at Cumberland, Md., Dec. 30, 1916, b. March 4, 1898, at Woodbury, 
Pa. Members of the Brethren Church. Occupation : farmer. Pres- 
ent address: Martinsburg, Pa. Issue: 

1. Clyde, b. Aug. 23, 1920. 

3. Martha, b. Sept. 17, 1901, at Woodbury, Pa.; m. Mark Bulger, 
Sept. 10, 1921, at Cumberland, Md., b. April 9, 1897, at Woodbury, 
Pa. Member of Methodist Church. Present address : Woodbury, 
Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Glenn Sell. 

2. Mark, b. April 25, 1922. 

3. Anna, b. April 19, 1929. 

4. Leona, b. Sept. 16, 1932. 

4. Verna, b. April 5, 1904, at Woodbury, Pa. ; m. Benjamin Fred- 
erick, April 24, 1920, at Cumberland, Md., b. Jan. 12, 1903, at Wood- 
bury, Pa. Occupation : rotary pressman. Bureau of Printing and 
Engraving. Present address : 613 Otis Place, Washington, D. C. 
Issue : four children. 

1. Donald, b. Dec. 14, 1920. 

2. Betty, b. April 20, 1923. 

3. Geraldine, b. April 20, 1927. 

4. Shirley, b. Oct. 15, 1930. 

5. Mary, b. Oct. 15, 1910, at Woodbury, Pa.; m. Eugene Lindsey, 
Dec. 25, 1928, at Cumberland, Md., b. Sept. 5, 1907, at Frankstown. 
Pa. Present address : Curryville, Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Clyde, b. May 16, 1930; d. May 21, 1930. 

2. Eleanor, b. May 18, 1931. 

3. Donna, b. April 19, 1933. 

4. Richard, b. Sept. 10, 1935. 

9. Anna H. Sell, b. Nov. 5, 1876; lives at the Morrison's Cove 
Home for the Church of the Brethren at Martinsburg, Pa. ; un- 

10. Elizabeth Sell, b. Sept. 7, 1880; d. Nov. 20. 1881. 

5. Barbara Holsinger. daughter of John Mack and Barbara Hol- 
singer, and the fifth child, was born Sept. 16. 1842. near Bakers Sum- 


mit, Pa.; died June 7, 1922, at Altoona, Pa. She is buried in the 
Holsinger Cemetery near Bakers Summit. She was a member of 
the Church of the Brethren. She was married Dec. 25, 1866, to 
Christian Hinkle, who was born Feb. 24, 1838, in Bedford Co., Pa. 
He died June 21, 1919, at Bakers Summit and is buried in the Hol- 
singer Cemetery. He was a farmer and a member of the Church of 
the Brethren. To this union were born eight children : 

1. Charles, b. Jan. 17, 1868; d. Jan. 22, 1868. 

2. Samuel Holsinger, b. Feb. 19, 1869; lives at Bakers Summit. 
A painter and a justice of the peace, an office he has rilled for over 
forty years. He has supplied information and aided in the production 
of this work. On May 12, 1872, he was united in marriage to Mary 
Pote, who was born May 21, 1872, at Bakers Summit. To them 
were born five children : 

1. Lennis, b. Aug. 9, 1893; m. Dec. 26, 1928, to Charles E. Brum- 
baugh, b. May 5, 1903, at Defiance, Pa. Present address: Central 
City, Pa. Issue : 

1. Charles Elmer, Jr., b. Dec. 6, 1929. 

2. Frances, b. Nov. 6, 1898; m. May 5, 1921, at Woodbury, Pa., 
to Palmer Long, h. Oct. 4, 1897, at Bakers Summit. Member of the 
Church of God. Issue : two children. 

1. Samuel Kenneth, b. Nov. 16, 1921. 

2. David Palmer, b. Aug. 15, 1925. 

3. Anson Wayne, b. Aug. 7, 1903, at ISakers Summit, Pa.; m. 
Sept. 7, 1925, at New Enterprise to Ruth Walter, h. Jan. 16, 1902, 
at New Enterprise. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Issue: 

1. Edna, b. July 6, 1926. 

4. Samuel Carl, h. Feb. 19, 1912; unmarried: lives at home at 
Bakers Summit, Pa. 

5. Infant. 

3. Salome, b. Oct. 6, 1870; d. Aug. 23. 1871. 

4. Christian Hinkle, b. April 4, 1872; lives at Bakers Summit; 
unmarried. A cabinetmaker. 

5. Minnie Myrtle, b. Oct. 17, 1874, near Bakers Summit, Pa. ; m. 
D. Clarence Snyder, who died in Ohio, Aug., 1938. Member of the 
Brethren Church. Occupation: nurse, matron of Toledo State Hos- 
pital, Toledo, Ohio. Issue : 


1. Viola Marie, b. Nov. 21, 1897; m. Victor Clark McCall. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Winton Arthur, b. April 7, 1922. 

2. Allan Ira, b. April 20, 1925. 

3. Barbara Allen, b. June 21, 1930. 

6. Ardella May Hinkle, b. Feb. 26, 1876, at Bakers Summit, Pa.; 
member of the Brethren Church ; m. Thomas K. Haffley, April 12, 
1900, at Altoona, Pa., b. April 14, 1877, and d. May 1, 1939, at Ore 
Hill, Pa. Present address of Mrs. Haffley: 418 Fifth Ave., Altoona, 
Pa. To this union were born four children : 

1. Merril L., b. May 30, 1902. He went to the army and has not 
been heard of since. 

2. Thomas Eugene, b. Aug. 13, 1906, at Altoona, Pa. ; m. Oct. 14, 
1936, Lida Pearl Myers, b. Oct. 19, 1908. Occupation : machinist. 
Present address : 418 Fifth Ave., Altoona. Issue : 

1. Barbara, b. Nov. 20, 1937. 

3. Ruth Paulene, b. March 14, 1912, in Altoona, Pa. ; m. Dec. 20, 
1933, at Yellow Creek to Andrew Kemmler, b. at Bakers Summit, 
Jan. 18, 1910. Member of the Brethren Church. Present address : 
Roaring Spring, Pa. 

4. Thelma Romayne, b. Sept. 1, 1914. 

7. Lloyd, b. May 2, 1879, at Bakers Summit, Pa.; m. Lillian 
Prosser, Nov. 27, 1902, b. Sept. 17, 1876, at Alum Bank, Pa. Occu- 
pation : teacher. 

8. Orange, b. Sept. 7, 1881, at Bakers Summit, Pa. ; m. Nannie 
Johnson, April 6, 1918, b. at Dudley, Pa., Feb. 27, 1889. Employee 
of Post Office Department. Member of Brethren Church. Present 
address : 2309 twelfth St., Altoona, Pa. 

6. John L. Holsinger, son of John Mack Holsinger and Barbara 
Long Holsinger, the sixth child, was born June 9, 1845, at Bakers 
Summit, Pa. ; died April 12, 1932, in Oklahoma and is buried in the 
dishing Cemetery. He was a farmer, minister, and elder in the 
Church of the Brethren. He was married June 1, 1875, to Esther 
Streight, who was born Dec. 27, 1854, in Fulton Co., Pa. She died 
Jan. 24, 1939, at her dishing, Oklahoma, home. She is buried in 
the dishing Cemetery by the side of her husband. John L. Hol- 
singer left Pennsylvania in 1907. moving to Oklahoma where he 
was very active until his death. He was called to the ministry in 
1876. He was ordained to the ministry in the Woodbury congregation 


Dec. 25, 1886, by John S. Holsinger, John W. Brumbaugh, and 
Joseph Z. Replogle. He was active in all phases of Christian work 
and a worthy descendant of a worthy ancestor, Alexander Mack. 
To them were born eleven children : 

1. Abigail, b. July 1, 1876; m. David Pote, Nov. 28, 1895, b. Aug. 
19, 1869, at Bakers Summit, Pa. Occupation : farmer. Present 
address, Ripley, Okla. Issue : five children. 

1. Elsie Mae, b. Sept. 30, 1896; m. Roy Fillmore, May 1, 1920, 
b. Feb. 20, 1894, at Cushing, Okla. Members of Church of the 
Brethren. Occupation : oil jobber. Present address : 723 East Second 
St., Cushing, Okla. Issue : three children. 

1. Zulu Irene, b. Sept. 28, 1921 ; d. April 13, 1923. 

2. Gene Wallace, b. June 2, 1924. 

3. Darlene Mae, b. May 27, 1925. 

John L. Holsinger 


2. Orville Dewey, b. June 25, 1898, at Bakers Summit, Pa.; m. 
June 12, 1934, to Esther Evans. Member of Church of the Brethren. 
Occupation : editor and publisher of Halstead, Kans., newspaper. 
Present address : 513 Halstead St., Halstead, Kans. 

3. Charles Oliver, b. April 3, 1903, at Bakers Summit, Pa. ; m. 
Beulah Fern Kinzie, June 1, 1927, b. Sept. 2, 1906, at Ripley, Okla. 
Occupation : gasoline dealer. Members of the Church of the Breth- 
ren, in which he is a deacon. Present address: 315 North Kings 
Highway, Cushing, Okla. Issue: two children. 

1. John David, b. Feb. 23, 1931. 

2. Melvin Leroy, b. Dec. 28, 1934. 

4. Esther Pearl, b. Oct. 8, 1910, at Ripley, Okla.; m. Joseph Huf- 
fine, Sept. 30, 1934, b, July 29, 1909, at Guthrie, Okla. He is book- 
keeper and cashier in Fairmont Creamery. Present address : 207 
East Noble St., Guthrie, Okla. Members of the Church of the 
Brethren. Issue : 

1. Maria Gene, b. March 26, 1936. 

5. Lester Paul, b. Oct. 8, 1910, near Cushing, Okla. ; d. July 22, 
1939, at Cushing, Okla.; m. Lorena Smith on May 22, 1938. A 
member of the Church of the Brethren. He was a high-school 
teacher and is buried in Big Creek Church Cemetery. 

2. Barbara S., b. June 16, 1878, near Bakers Summit, Pa. ; m. 
John K. Frederick, May 19, 1901, b. Sept. 6, 1876, at Woodbury, Pa. 
Member of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation : farmer and 
miller. Present address: Woodbury, Pa. Issue: five children. 

1. Infant daughter died at birth, March 9, 1903. 

2. J. Lester, b. June 21, 1904; d. Dec. 6, 1918. 

3. A. Emmert, b. July 23, 1906, at Woodbury, Pa. ; m. Grace 
Kensinger on Aug. 10, 1933, b. June 26, 1911, at Roaring Spring, Pa. 
He is a minister in the Church of the Brethren and a high-school 
principal. Issue : 

1. Gerald, b. Sept. 28, 1935. 

4. J. Oliver, b. Marcli 17, 1908, at Woodbury, Pa.: m. Evelyn 
Brubaker, Aug. 26, 1926, b. Dec. 16, 1911, at Duncansville, Pa. 
Members of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation: farmer. 
Issue : three children. 

1. Leota, b. Sept. 23, 1927. 

2. John Herbert, b. June 24, 1931. 

3. Kenton, b. June 19, 1934. 


5. Infant daughter died at birth, Aug. 8, 1910. 

3. Charity, b. July 20, 1880 ; unmarried. 

4. David (a twin), b. Aug. 31, 1882; d. Sept. 3, 1882. 

5. Edward (a twin), b. Aug. 31, 1882; m. Sara Warfel, Sept. 
29, 1904; he died July 12, 1917, and is buried at Huntingdon, Pa. 

6. Esther S., b. Aug. 28, 1884, at Bakers Summit, Pa. ; m. James 
H, Crow, May 31, 1922. Occupation: merchant. Present address: 
Gainesville, Tex. 

7. Oliver S., b. June 25, 1888, at Bakers Summit, Pa. ; m. Stella 
Coulter, Oct. 28, 1913. Occupation : clerk and accountant. Manager 
of the People's Ice Company. Present address : Tulsa, Okla. 

8. Melda S., b. Feb. 23, 1891, at Bakers Summit, Pa.; m. Jan. 8, 
1913, Frederick Holdnead, b. Sept. 9, 1889, at Lawrence, Kans. 
Members of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation: Merchant. 
Present address: Gushing, Okla. Issue: three children. 

1. Alta Leona, b. April 6, 1915; m. Turner Carter. 

2. Oliver Paul, b. Nov. 14, 1920. 

3. Barbara Twyla, b. Feb. 28, 1929. 

9. Joseph S., b. Aug. 14, 1893, near Bakers Summit, Pa. : m. 
Nellie B. Kinzie, Sept. 8, 1921, b. Dec. 29, 1897, in Cook Co., Tex. 
Occupation : farmer. Present address : Agra, Okla. Issue : three 

1. Galen C, b. Feb. 10. 1923. 

2. Paul C. b. Sept. 28, 1926. 

3. J. Ronald, b. Feb. 5. 1932. 

10. Ralph S., b. Jan. 17, 1896, near Bakers Summit, Pa.; m. 
Barbara Mae Snoddy, Aug. 17, 1936. Minister in Church of the 
Brethren. Superintendent of Colgate Schools. Present address : 
Colgate, Okla. 

11. Julius U., b. June 18, 1898, near Bakers Summit, Pa.; m. Dec. 
4, 1925, Freda M. Fillmore. Occupation: service station and sales- 
man. Present address : McPherson, Kans. 




The fourth child of John and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger was 
born May 26, 1804, near Bakers Summit and died April 24, 1862. 
He was given the name of George Mack Holsinger (Alexander 
Mack, Alexander Mack, Jr., William Mack, Elizabeth Mack Hol- 
singer, George Mack Holsinger). This section will deal with his 
descendants. The first child born to George Mack and Sarah Snyder 
Holsinger was given the name of Thomas S. 
Holsinger. He was born May 14, 1828; he 
died June 5, 1907, in Bedford County, Penn- 
sylvania. On June 21, 1849, he was married 
to Barbara Replogle, daughter of George 
Replogle. She was born April 3, 1830, and 
died Oct. 28, 1863. To this union were born 
seven children : 

1. Sarah, b. June 8, 1850; d. May 16, 1905 ; 
m. a Berkabile. No other information at 

2. Leah, b. Aug. 4, 1851, at New Paris, Pa. ; 
d. July 24, 1887, at Bakers Summit, Pa. ; bur- 
ied in Holsinger Cemetery. She was married 

to Daniel Pote who was born at Bakers Summit, May 8, 1846, and 
died at Whitaker, Pa., Jan. 10, 1911. Issue: three children. 

1. Flora Pote, b. Jan. 7, 1876, at Bakers Summit, Pa.; m. Feb. 
25, 1899, Arthur Mellotte at Bakers Summit, b. June 5, 1874, at 
Yellow Creek, Pa. He is a retired steel worker. Member of the 
Methodist Church. Present address : Blairsville, Pa. Issue : two 

1. Arthur, b. Jan. 10, 1900, at Whitaker, Pa. ; d. April 9, 1936, at 
Detroit, Mich. ; buried in North Butler Cemetery at Butler, Pa. ; m. 
Dec. 24, 1928, Mary Wick, b. Aug. 7, 1903, in Oakland Twp., Pa. 
Her present address is Karns City, R. D., Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. James, b. April 7, 1930. 


Thomas S. Holsinger 


2. Jean Elaine, b. April 6, 1931. 

3. Martha Louise, b. June 29, 1934. 

2. Joseph, b. Oct. 25, 1904, at Whitaker, Pa. ; m. July 20, 1929, 
Helen Nixon, b. at Mauch Chunk, Pa. Occupation : garage owner. 
Present address : Rimer, R. D., Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Patricia, b. April 23, 1930. 

2. Leah, b. Dec. 17, 1937. 

2. Howard Pote, b. March 26, 1879, at Bakers Summit, Pa. ; m. 
Nov. 25, 1903, to Jennie Snyder, b. Feb. 25, 1883, at East Freedom, 
Pa. Present address : 435 Poplar St., Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue : 
three children. 

1. Frances, b. March 12, 1904, at Roaring Spring, Pa.; m. Sept. 
10, 1924, at Altooria, Pa., to Harry E. Rohrback, b. Sept. 3, 1896, at 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. Occupation : merchant. Present address : 600 
East 22nd St., Altoona, Pa. 

2. Mae. 

3. Rosemary. 

3. Morton Pote, b. June 13, 1889, at Bakers Summit, Pa.; m. 
Louise Montgomery, Aug. 12, 1914, at Marshall, Pa., b. Sept. 28, 
1890, at Pittsburgh, Pa. Present address: 1904 St. Lawrence Ave., 
Swissvale, Pa. 

3. Flizabeth, b. May 16, 1853 ; m. Jacob Z. Replogle. Date of his 
death not at hand. She lives at 3353 Boston Blvd., Detroit, Mich. 
Issue : three children. 

1. Hays Replogle. No other information at hand. 

2. Blaine Replogle. No other information. 

3. Raymond. No other information. 

4. Hannah Holsinger, b. Dec. 26, 1855; d. Feb. 27, 1913; m. a 
Points. No other information at hand. 

5. George, b. April 18, 1858; d. April 26, 1858. 

6. Barbara Holsinger, b. June 3, 1859; d. July 16, 1917, at Man- 
assas, Va.; m. March 3, 1881, to Calvm C. Pote, b. Oct. 22, 1855, at 
Bakers Summit, Pa.; d. March 18, 1915, at Manassas, Va. ; both 
buried in church cemetery at Cannon Branch, Va. Issue: 

1. Mary H, b. Dec. 11, 1881; d. Sept. 10, 1882. 

2. Ira H., b. March 30, 1883, at Bakers Summit, Pa.; m. May 
29, 1904, Margaret Alice Hale, b. Nov. 10, 1883, at Mt. Sidney, Va. 


Occupation : section foreman. Members of Church of the Brethren. 
Present address: 311 Wadsworth St., Lynchburg, Va. Issue: 

1. Goldie Mae, b. April 19, 1906, at Manassas, Va. ; m. April 21, 
1930, to Arthur Sutphin, b. June 12, 1902, at New Baltimore, Va. 
Member of Church of the Brethren. Present address: The Plains, 
R. D., Va. Children born dead. 

2. Daisy Marie, b. April 25, 1908, at Manassas, Va. ; m. Manley 
F. Crank, b. Sept. 11, 1904, at Shipman, Va. Occupation: electrician. 
Southern Railroad. Present address : 506 Scale St., Danville, Va. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Juniata Lee, b. Sept. 5, 1927. 

2. Manley Forest, Jr., b. Oct. 4, 1930. 

3. Elizabeth Pote, b. May 5, 1911, at Manassas, Va. ; m. March 
31, 1934, to G. Aubrey Eubank, b. Aug. 15, 1907, at Clifton Forge, 
Va. Present address : Lynch Station, Va. Issue : one child. 

1. Barbara Anne, b. May 7, 1935. 

4. Agnes Virginia Pote, b. Oct. 9, 1913, at Manassas, Va. : m. 
July 31, 1937, to Fred Sherwood, b. July 22, 1907, at Lynch Station. 
Va. Occupation : electric worker. Present address : Alta Vista, Va. 

3. Elizabeth H. Pote, b. June 18, 1890, at Bakers Summit, iPa. ; 
member of the Church of the Brethren ; m. May 31, 1917, to Charles 
L. Layman, b. at Broadway, Va. ; d. March 13, 1929, at Weston, W. 
Va. ; buried at Cannon Branch Cemetery, Manassas, Va. Residence 
of Mrs. Layman : 64 E St., Keyser, W. Va. Issue : two children. 

1. Ethel, b. July 7, 1918; m. L. Probst. 

2. William Russel, b. Jan. 29, 1920. 

4. Thomas John Pote, b. Nov. 8, 1891 ; m. March 29, 1916, at 
Charlottesville, Va., to Lucy Ethel Dobbs, b. Aug. 7, 1894, at Char- 
lottesville, Va. Present address : Shipman, Va. Issue : six children. 

1. Alice Lucile, b. Sept. 10, 1918. 

2. Thomas John, Jr., b. May 3, 1921. 

3. Cecil Carrington, b. July 25, 1922. 

4. Frances Palmer, b. March 25, 1924. 

5. Edwin Hunter, b. May 28, 1927. 

6. Barbara Lorraine, b. July 20, 1932. 

5. Vergie Mae Pote, b. May 31, 1893; d. Feb. 9, 1894. 


6. Harry Lee Pote, b. Dec. 29, 1894, at Manassas, Va. ; member 
of Church of the Brethren; m. Aug. 9, 1916, at Culpeper, Va., to 
Mary Ann Brown, b. March 4, 1900, at Madison, Va. Present ad- 
dress : 1311 E St., N. W. Washington, D. C. Issue: one child. 

1. Audrey Maxine, b. July 13, 1921. 

7. David Replogle Holsinger, b. March 20, 1862; d. Jan. 3, 1931, 
at Laton, Calif.; buried in Oak Grove Cemetery near Laton. He 
was a farmer, and also a minister. Member of the Church of the 
Brethren. He married March 20, 1885, Jennie A. Banks, b. Aug. 
5, 1861, Lawrence, Kans. Present address : Laton, Calif. Issue : four 

1. Henry B., b. May 5, 1886; d. May 1886. 

2. Myrtle Mary, b. March 23, 1887, near Lawrence, Kans.; mem- 
ber of the Church of the Brethren ; ra. Nov. 21, 1909, Ora D. Julius, 
b. July 9, 1887, at Missouri Valley, la. Present address : 521, Mo- 
desto, Calif. Issue: one child. 

1. Laverne, b. Sept. 22, 1916. 

3. Bessie Naomi Holsinger. b. near Law rence, Kans., Dec. 5, 1888 ; 
m. Aug. 17, 1916, to Robert Harry Jenkinson, b. Sept. 20, 1892, at 
Armona, Calif. Occupation : rancher. Present address : Laton, 
Calif. Issue : one child. 

1. Roberta Geneva, b. Feb. I, 1919. 

4. Thomas Gilbert Holsinger, b. Dec. 10, 1895, at Belleville, Kans. ; 
m. Nov. 26, 1918, Susan Morey. Occupation : rancher. Present ad- 
dress: Laton, Calif. Issue: two children. Names not at hand. 

8. Rufus Holsinger, b. Feb. 22, 1865; d. 1931. Issue: two children. 

1. Ethel. No further information at hand. ■ . 

2. Ralph. No other information at hand. 

Rufus Holsinger was the first child born to the second wife of 
Thomas S. Holsinger, who before her marriage was Elizabeth 
Snyder. They were married in 1864. She died Dec. 16, 1895. 

9. Mary Holsinger, b. April 11, 1866; d. Aug. 10, 1891. 

10. Martha Holsinger, b. June 24, 1867. No other information at 

11. Jacob Holsinger, b. Jan. 19. 1869. No other information at 

12. Daniel Holsinger, b. July 17, 1870. No other information. 

13. Thomas Holsinger, b. March 31, 1872; d. April 17, 1872. 

14. Eli Holsinger, b. Jan. 10, 1874 ; d, Aug. 25, 1898. 


IS. Charles Holsinger, b. Dec. 21, 1875; d. Dec. 26, 1891. 

Tlie second son born to George Mack and Sarah Snyder Hol- 
singer was given the name of John Snyder Holsinger. He was 
born Sept. 7, 1829, near Bakers Summit, Pennsylvania, and died 
Nov. 8, 1910. He is buried in Valley View Cemetery at Nokesville. 
Virginia. On May 19, 1853, he married Esther Rogers, who was 
born Sept. 3, 1831, and died June 16, 1901. Members of the Breth- 
ren Church. Had several children of which only one grew to man- 

1. Ellis, b. July 12, 1861 in Iowa; d. Aug. 23, 1907; buried in 
Valley View at Nokesville, Va. ; m. L. E. Berkheimer, June 27, 
1880; b. Nov. 8, 1859, in Bedford Co., Pa.; d. June 20, 1939, at 
Harrisburg, Pa.; buried at Valley Church. Members of the Breth- 
ren Church. Issue: six children. 

1. Anna Bertha Holsinger, b. July 17, 1881, at Osterburg, Pa.; 
d. Sept. 19, 1923, at Charlottesville, Va. ; member of the Church of 
the Brethren ; m. March 12, 1902, at Nokesville, Va., to W. Luther 
Diehl, b. Dec. 11, 1874, at Harrisonburg, Va. Occupation: farmer 
and carpenter. Issue : ten children. 

1. Daisy Delia Diehl, b. at Nokesville, Va., Oct. 4, 1903; m. Oct. 
4, 1922, to Charles T. Miller at Nokesville, Va., b. Nov. 18, 1902, at 
Luray, Va. Members of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : farm- 
er. Present address : Gettysburg, R. D., Pa. Issue : five children. 

1. Gladys Mildred, b. Dec. 30, 1923. 

2. Charles Freeman, b. May 27, 1927. 

3. Doris Ammetta, b. Feb. 25, 1929. 

4. Harold Eugene, b. Jan. 4, 1932. 

5. Myrtle Marie, b. June 28, 1935. 

2. Oliver William Diehl, b. Jan. 25, 1904. A sailor on a British 
liner and was drowned in Singapore Strait, India, Nov. 19, 1924. 

3. Roscoe George, b. Nov. 28, 1906. 

4. Estelle Viola, b. Sept. 26, 1909, at Gratis, Preble Co., Ohio; m. 
Sept. 14, 1935, to Julian E. Rector at Annapolis, Md., b. Feb. 7, 
1909, Manassas, Va. Issue : one child. 

1. Julian Edward, b. Feb. 1, 1937. 

5. Melva Rebecca, b. Aug. 9, 1910. 

6. Ernest Luther, b. Sept. 10, 1912, at Nokesville, Va. ; m. Jan. 
12, 1938, Elizabeth Sutphin at Leesburg, Va., b. Oct. 20, 1916, at 
Middleburg, Va. Present address : Middleburg, Va. 


7. Hazel Lucinda, b. Oct. 29, 1914; d. May 27, 1915. 

8. Willodene Elizabeth, b. April 4, 1916. 

9. John Pershing, b. Nov. 11, 1918. 

10. Anna Bertha, b. Sept. 16, 1923. 

2. Mary Esther Holsinger, b. April IS, 1883, in Bedford Co., Pa.; 
m. in Brentsville, Pa., in 1907 to Charles R. Shaffer, b. April, 1883 
in Bedford Co., Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Floyd A., b. Jan. 11, 1909. 

2. James F., b. July 20, 1911. 

3. Lester C, b. Sept. 6, 1916. 

4. Elsie V., b. Nov. 5, 1917, at Nokesville, Va. ; m. June 4, 1938, 
at Fairfax Station, Va., to James Stanley, b. Jan. 20, 1917, at 
Orange, Va. Occupation : farmer. Present address : Elkwood, Va. 
Issue : one child. 

1. David Lee, b. Feb. 20, 1940. 

3. Rosella Holsinger, b. May 30, 1885, in Bedford Co., Pa. ; m. 
Nov. 26, 1903, at Brentsville, Va., to Lafayette Keys, b. June 20, 
1881, near Brentsville, Va. Occupation : farmer. Members of the 
Presbyterian Church. Present address: Bristol, Va. Issue: two 

1. Ada, b. Sept. 16, 1904; d. at birth. 

2. Sterlin Spicer, b. Oct. 21, 1906; m. June 30, 1934, Anne M. Ross. 

4. Georgia Viola, b. Feb. 28, 1887, near Ryat, Bedford Co., Pa. ; 
m. Nov. 1, 1912, at Washington, D. C, to Douglas Allison, b. near 
Weyant, Bedford Co., Pa., Feb. 21, 1891. Present address: 1631 
Fulton St., Harrisburg, Pa. Issue: four children. 

1. Helen Allison, b. April 22, 1914, at Harrisburg, Pa. ; m. at 
Hagerstown, Md., July 18, 1937, to Wilbert Johnson, b. Feb. 7, 1912, 
at Edgemont, Pa. Present address: 511 Harris St., Harrisburg, Pa. 

2. Sarah, b. May 11, 1916, at Harrisburg, Pa.; m. at Hagerstown, 
Md., June 16, 1936, to Clyde Espenshade, b. May 10, 1910, at Royal- 
ton, Pa. Occupation: chef. Present residence: 1631 Fulton St., Har- 
risburg, Pa. 

3. Edward Allison, b. Jan. 3, 1921. 

4. Eugene Allison, b. Nov. 28, 1926. 

5. Flora Elsie Holsinger, b. Jan. 23, 1890, at Alum Bank, Pa. ; m. 
Oct. 9, 1922, at Lebanon, Pa., to Frank C. Davis, b. Sept. 7, 1882, at 
Alum Bank, Pa. Member of Friends Church. Occupation : post- 



master and merchant. Present address: 1637 Fulton St., Harrisburg, 
Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Charles Ellis, b. Feb. 22, 1924. 

6. Delia Myrtle, b. Nov. 26, 1891, at Ryat, Pa.; m. Jan. 5, 1914, 
Washington, D. C, to Frank Egan, b. May 21, 1884, New York 
City. Members of the Presbyterian Church. Occupation: farmer. 
Present address: Nokesville, Va. Issue: three children. 

1. Frank, b. March 9, 1915. 

2. Ralph, b. Aug. 25, 1920; d. at birth. 

3. Jean Rosella, 1). April 22, 1925. 

The third child born to George Mack and Sarah Snyder Holsinger 
was given the name of Joseph H. Holsinger. He was born June 18, 
1831, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He 
died rive miles south of Williamsburg, Penn- 
sylvania, May 16, 1895. He is buried in the 
Shellytown Brethren Cemetery in Blair 
County, Pennsylvania. January 13, 1856, 
he was married to Rebecca Blackburn, by 
Rev. James Quinter, prominent preacher of 
the day. She died April 4, 1882, and is buried 
in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania. His occupa- 
tion was farming. Member of the Church 
of the Brethren. His second wife was 
Catherine Ditch. No children born to this 
union. She is buried in Shellytown Ceme- 
tery. Issue to first union: four children. 

1. George B. Holsinger, b. May 10, 1857, 
at Pleasantville, Bedford County, Pennsylvania; died November 
22, 1908, at Astoria. Illinois; buried in the Cemetery at Bridge- 
water. Virginia. He was highly talented in music and began early 
the study of music in the public schools. He taught public school 
but music was uppermost in his mind. He taught classes in music. 
He was head of the Department of Music in Bridgewater College, 
Bridgewater, Va., from 1882 to 1898. He was a music editor at the 
Brethren Publishing House from 1898 to 1908; editor of the Breth- 
ren Hymnal in 1901; joint editor of nine volumes of song; com- 
poser of two hundred musical compositions and was also the editor 
of Practical Musical Exercises. On Aug. 19, 1884, he was united in 
marriage to Sallie A. Kagey. She was born Oct. 17, 1854, at Bridge- 

Professor George 
Brumbaugh Holsinger 


water, Va., and died Nov. 22, 1930, at Bridgewater, Va. She is 
buried at Bridgewater. Members of the Church of the Brethren. 
Issue: two children (twins). 

1. Clyde Kagey Holsinger, b. July 22, 1888; in. Helen Barrow, 
Sept. 11, 1911, b. in Brunswick Co., Va., Jan. 6, 1888. Present ad- 
dress : Emporia, Kans. No issue. 

2. Lloyd Holsinger, b. July 22, 1888; d. 1890. 

2. Joseph B. Holsinger, b. Nov. 19, 1858, in Bedford Co., Pa.; d. 
Feb. 19, 1934, at Johnstown, Pa. ; buried in Grandview Cemetery. 
Member of the Brethren Church. Occupation: a jeweler and watch- 
maker. On Aug. 26, 1879, he married Emma Catherine Seese, b. 
March 12, 1862, in Bedford Co., Pa. ; d. Feb. 12, 1936, at Johnstown, 
Pa. ; buried in Grandview Cemetery. Issue : eleven children. 

1. Cora Holsinger, b. May 7, 1880, in Bedford Co., Pa.; m. Sept. 
23, 1900, to Henry Harenberg, b. Aug. 17, 1876, at Johnstown, Pa. ; 
d. Jan. 25, 1925, at Johnstown ; buried in Grandview Cemetery. Oc- 
cupation : barber. Issue: five children. 

1. Emma, b. Nov. 22, 1901, at Johnstown, Pa.: m. June 5. 1922, 
James Johnson, b. April 9, 1896, at Franklin, Pa. He was a mu- 
sician; first class in World War. Occupation: manager agent for 
St. Clair Refining Co. Present address: 102 Winston Road, Buffalo, 
N. Y. Issue : none. 

2. Harold, b. June 17, 1904, at Johnstown, Pa. ; m. May 18, 1929, 
at Cumberland, Md., to Helen Heidorn, b. June 27, 1909, at Johns- 
town, Pa. Occupation : electrician, superintendent. Members of 
Lutheran Church. Issue: three children. Present address: Johns- 
town, R. 3, Pa. 

1. Harold, Jr., b. Oct. 17, 1929. 

2. Ida May, b. Feb. 7, 1932. 

3. Ronald James, b. Dec. 4, 1933. 

3. Clarence, b. Aug. 12, 1906, at Johnstown, Pa. ; m. Oct. 12, 1929, 
Cynthia Anderson, b. Jan. 29, 1910, in Shatton, England. Occupation : 
auto refinisher. Present address : Johnstown, R. 4, Pa. Issue : two 

1. Donald C, b. May 24, 1930. 

2. Audry C, b. Oct. 17, 1932. 

4. Henrietta, b. Aug. 17, 1909; d. Aug. 21, 1910. 

5. Dorothy, b. March 18, 1912, at Johnstown. Pa. ; registered 
nurse; m. Dec. 14, 1934, to Melvin Schrock. b. June 28, 1911, in 


Cambria Co., Pa. Present address : Shady Ave., Johnstown, Pa. 
Issue to this union : one child. 

1. Melva Jeanne, b. Aug. 13, 1936. 

2. Harry Holsinger, b. April 7, 1883, at Pleasantville, Pa.; m. 
Sept. 8, 1903, at Johnstown, Pa., to Jennie Knable, b. Sept. 18, 1881, 
at Johnstown, Pa. Occupation : jeweler. Present address : 540 Wood 
St., Johnstown, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Joseph Gerald, b. July 22, 1904, Johnstown, Pa.; ra. Sept. 8, 
1927, at Johnstown to Alma Jenkins, b. Aug. 19, 1907, at Johnstown, 
Pa. Occupation : jeweler. Present address : 540 Wood St., Johns- 
town, Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Gerald Elliot, b. Oct. 4, 1935. 

3. Roy Holsinger, b. March 2, 1885, Pleasantville, Pa. ; m. Jan. 
4, 1904, to Gertrude McMullen, b. at Johnstown, Pa. Occupation : 
auto body shop. Present address: 179 Worth St., Johnstown, Pa. 
.Members of Brethren Church. Issue: none. 

4. Frank Holsinger, b. June 17, 1888, Johnstown, Pa; d. March 1, 
1928; buried in Grandview Cemetery; m. about 1919 to Vestula 
Lingenfelter. Occupation: watchmaker. Member of Brethren 

5. Edna Holsinger, b. March 8, 1890, at Johnstown, Pa. ; m. Dec. 
23, 1909, to Harry Reitz, b. Sept. 18, 1890; d. at Pittsburgh, South 
Side Hospital, April 11, 1938; buried in Grandview Cemetery, 
Johnstown, Pa. Occupation : furniture salesman. Members of Breth- 
ren Church. Present address : 2331 Brownsville Rd., Pittsburgh, 
Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Marion, b. Oct. 10, 1910, Johnstown, Pa.; m. June 21, 1908 at 
Frostburg, Md., to Eugene Wagner, b. May 20, 1905, at Berlin, Pa. 
Occupation: shop worker. Members Christian Church. Present ad- 
dress: 430 Ferndale Ave., Johnstown, Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. David Ray, b. Feb. 18, 1936. 

2. Roy Allen, b. May 20, 1937. 

6. Charles Holsinger, b. Dec. 16, 1891, at Johnstown, Pa.; m. 
Aug. 16, 1915, at Washington, Pa., to Jesse Crago, b. April 1, 1895, 
near Washington, Pa. Members of Presbyterian Church. Occupa- 
tion : carpenter. Present address : 777 Somerset, Johnstown, Pa. 
Issue : four children. 

1. Mildred, b. Aug. 17, 1916; m. Robert Jefferies. Issue: one child. 


1. Ronald Eugene, b. Dec. 4, 1937. 

7. George Holsinger, b. Johnstown, Pa. ; m. Florence Ashcom. 
Present address : Johnstown, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Jane. 

2. Emma. 

8. Ruth Holsinger, b. Feb. 20, 1896, Johnstown, Pa. ; m. Aug. 16, 
1916, to Edward Reese, b. April 30, 1896, at Johnstown, Pa. Oc- 
cupation: police officer for Bethlehem Steel Co. Present address: 
320 Horner St., Johnstown, Pa. Issue : five children. 

1. James E., b. March 20, 1917. 

2. Elizabeth Jane, b. June 16, 1918. 

3. Kathryn Lois, b. Nov. IS, 1919. 

4. Marjorie Ruth, b. Sept. 13, 1921. 

5. Carolyn Phoebe, b. April 4, 1935. 

9. Chalmer Holsinger, b. April 14, 1897, at Johnstown, Pa. ; Oc- 
cupation : Doctor of Optometry. Member of Brethren Church. 
He married first Ellen Green, d. April 1925 ; buried in Grandview 
Cemetery, Johnstown, Pa.; m. second, July 17, 1927, at Windber, 
Pa., Jeannette Geiser, b. Sept. 27, 1904, at Nittany, Center Co., Pa. 
Present address : Johnstown, R. D., Pa. 

10. Margaret Holsinger, b. July 20, 1899, at Johnstown, Pa.; 
m. July 16, 1920, to Harry Irons, b. May 21, 1896, at Johnstown, Pa. 
Present address : Johnstown, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Robert, b. Jan. 29, 1921. 

2. Joseph, b. Aug. 2, 1926. 

3. Donald, b. March 20, 1929. 

11. Jennie Holsinger, b. Dec. 8, 1900; d. February 13, 1920. 

3. David B. Holsinger, b. Jan. 8, 1864; d. April 5, 1870. 

4. William H. Holsinger, b. March 7, 1872, in Bedford Co., Pa.; 
d. Feb. 9, 1932, at Williamsburg, Pa. ; buried in the Presbyterian 
Cemetery at Williamsburg, Pa. Occupation : farmer. Minister in 
the Church of the Brethren and schoolteacher; m. Dec. 6, 1891, by 
George W. Brumbaugh, Corena Jane Gates, b. Nov. 24, 1872, in 
Blair Co., Pa. Present address: Williamsburg, Pa. Issue: four 

1. Virgil Clair, b. Oct. 29, 1892, in Blair Co., Pa. He is a school- 
teacher, pastor, and a graduate of Juniata College ; received his 
A. M. from University of Pittsburgh. Member of the Church of 
the Brethren. Supervising Principal of Millvale, Pa., schools. Pres- 


ent address: 907 Evergreen Ave., Millvale, Pa.; m. Sept. 6, 1914, 
Bessie Wright, b. Nov. 4, 1892, in Lancaster, Pa. Issue: five children. 

1. Virgil Clair, Jr., b. Feb. 22, 1919. 

2. Catherine, b. May 16, 1920. 

3. Galen W., b. Aug. 24, 1921. 

4. Jane, b. Aug. 24, 1929. 

5. Bessie, b. Jan. 8, 1932. 

2. Minnie Freda Holsinger, b. Oct. IS. 1895, in Blair Co., Pa.; 
member Church of the Brethren; m. by Rev. W. H. Holsinger Feb. 
21, 1914, at Williamsburg, Pa., to George Quinter Showalter, b. 
June 3, 1893, in Blair Co., Pa. Occupation: stock dealer. Present 
address: Leamersville, Pa. Issue: six children. 

1. Clarence H., b. Dec. 9, 1914, in Blair Co., Pa. Occupation: 
truck driver. Member of Church of the Brethren; m. May 1, 1935, 
to Josephine Dodson, b. Jan. 19, 1915, in Blair Co. Issue: one child. 

1. William, b. July 3, 1936. 

2. Ruth Showalter, b. March 14, 1916, in Blair Co., Pa.; m. June 
3, 1934, to Francis Langham, b. Oct. 23, 1908, in Blair Co., Pa. Oc- 
cupation : farmer. Members of Church of the Brethren. Present 
address : Hollidaysburg, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1 . Doris Ann, b. Sept. 14, 1935. 

2. Alta Marie, b. Jan. 10, 1937. 

3. Clifford, b. March 25, 1917. 

4. Hazel, b. March 22. 1919. 

5. Thelma, b. Dec. 17, 1920. 

6. Janet, b. April 29, 1928. 

3. Paul Gates Holsinger, M. D., 1). July 25, 1899, in Blair Co., Pa. ; 
a graduate of Juniata College 1922 ; received his A. B. ; received his 
degree in medicine from Jefferson Medical College and was a prac- 
ticing: physician in Bellwood, Pa., his native state. Present ad- 
dress : Newson, Md. Member of the Church of the Brethren. He, 
like some of his forebears, is a printer, a historian and a genealogist. 
He is at the present time engaged in writing the history of the Hol- 
singer clan in America. The writer is greatly indebted to him for 
his kindness in assisting in this work and in loaning much valuable 
material. On June 20, 1925, at Vaughnsville, Ohio, he was united 
in marriage to Helen Marie Beery, by Rev. W. H. Holsinger. She 
is the daughter of Perry and Catherine Beery, and was born Aug. 


8, 1900. She is a graduate of Juniata College, having received 
A. B. degree. She received her degree in medicine from the Wom- 
en's College of Medicine. She was born at Covington, Ohio. She 
is a practicing physician with her husband. Issue : two children. 

1. Kathryn Jane, b. Jan. 16, 1937. 

2. William Perry, b. Dec. 22, 1938. 

4. Orpha Elizabeth Holsinger, b. Sept. 3, 1903, Blair Co., Pa.: 
schoolteacher; m. June 16, 1925, at Williamsburg, Pa., to D. Ray- 
mond Sollenberger. He is a graduate of Juniata College with the 
A. B. degree. He was born Jan. 28, 1897, in Blair Co., Pa. He was 
a representative in the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1937 and 1938. A 
teacher and minister. Members of the Church of the Brethren. 
Present address : Williamsburg, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Corena Louise, b. June 27, 1928. 

2. Nancy Jane, b. April 5, 1870. 

The fourth child of George Mack and Sarah Snyder Holsinger 
was born Dec. 24, 1832, and was given the name of Levi S. Hol- 
singer. He died June 30, 1855, at New Paris, Pennsylvania. He was 
helping raise a barn and was killed. He was a farmer and a mem- 
ber of the Church of the Brethren ; is buried in Mock Cemetery at 
New Paris, Pennsylvania. On Sept. 28, 1854, he was •married to 
Elizabeth Furry, who was born Dec. 13, 1835, at New Paris, Penn- 
sylvania. She died July 27, 1860, and is buried in Mock Cemetery 
at New Paris, Pennsylvania. Issue : one child. 

1. Levi F. Holsinger, b. Jan. 23, 1856, Bedford Co., Pa. ; d. June 9, 
1932, at New Enterprise, Pa. ; buried in New Enterprise Cemetery. 
A farmer and minister. Member of the Church of the Brethren : 
m. Sept. 25, 1877, at New Enterprise, Barbara S. Replogle, daughter 
of Isaac and Elizabeth Snowberger Replogle; b. May 5, 1860, at 
Waterside, Pa. ; d. Nov. 30, 1922, at Waterside, Pa. ; buried in 
cemetery at New Enterprise, Pa. Issue : six children. 

1. Isaac Edward, b. Aug. 10, 1878, in Bedford Co., Pa.; d. July 
20, 1928, at Elmira, N. Y. ; buried in New Enterprise Cemetery. 
An executive and Boy Scout director. Member of the Church of 
the Brethren. He married June 29, 1904, Laura Ober, b. at New 
Enterprise, Pa. ; d. at Elmira, N. Y. ; buried in New Enterprise 
Cemetery. Present address of family : Elmira, N. Y. Issue : two 

1. Alden O., b. Feb. 22, 1908, at Huntingdon, Pa.; m. on Dec. 24, 


1932, at Wilmington, Del, Eleanor P. Matson, b. Dec. 5, 1912, at 
Wilmington, Del. Occupation: employee sales department of Penn. 
Tube Co. Members of Methodist Church. Present address : 5 Wier 
Ave., Hillcrest, Del. Issue : one child. 

1. Sandra Lee, b. Aug. 26, 1934. 

2. Bernard 0., b. June 22, 1911. 

2. Christian R. Holsinger, b. May 10, 1880, at Waterside, Pa.; in. 
Sept. 17, 1899, to Lettie Dooley, b. Nov. 17, 1877, at New Enterprise, 
Pa. ; d. Feb. 5, 1937, at Roaring Spring, Pa. ; buried at New Enter- 
prise. Present address : Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Harris William, b. Feb. 22, 1900, in Bedford Co., Pa.; m. Aug. 
30, 1930, to Maude Green, b. Dec. 20, 1898, at Buffalo, N. Y. Members 
of the Episcopalian Church. Occupation : attorney. Present ad- 
dress : 95 E. 204th St., Cleveland, Ohio. 

2. Norman G., bank cashier ; member of the Church of the Breth- 
ren; m. Flsie Beech. Present address: Williamsburg, Pa. Issue: one 

1. Elizabeth Jane. 

3. Marion, m. Clark Earl McClellan. 

4. F.Ida, b. 1916; m. R. Dean Burkett. 

3. Leonard R. Holsinger, b. April 2, 1882, at Waterside, Pa.; m. 
Aug. 22, 1906, at Waterside, Pa., to Elizabeth Hedtrick, b. April 
12, 1883, at New Enterprise, Pa. He was a minister and elder in 
the Church of the Brethren ; educated in Juniata College and Crozer 
Theological Seminary. He is the author of a number of papers on 
homiletics and church history. Present address : Mogadore, Ohio. 
Issue: five children. 

1. Stanford Wilbur Replogle, b. Aug. IS, 1907, at Johnstown, 
Pa.; m. July 15, 1929, Helen Harken. Occupation: manager of 
Woolworth Store. Present address : Ferndale, Mich. 

2. Freda Marie Replogle, b. Nov. 20, 1909, at Johnstown, Pa.; 
member of the Church of the Brethren; m. Feb. 15, 1936, at Alex- 
andria, Va., to Herbert Statler, b. Oct. 20, at Cairnbrook, Pa. Oc- 
cupation : electrician. Present address : Central City, Pa. Issue : 
one child. 

1. Sandra Gail, b. March 3, 1937. 

3. Leonard Roland, b. June 7, 1913. 

4. Irene Elizabeth, b. Nov. 9, 1914. 


5. Clyde William, b. Sept. 15, 1919. 

4. Laura Elizabeth Holsinger, b. Dec. 9, 1885, at Waterside, Pa. ; 
m. to William L. Brougher, b. at Kingwood, Pa., Oct. 12, 1883. Oc- 
cupation : grocer. Present address : 926 Nathaniel St., Johnstown, 
Pa. Member of the Church of the Brethren. Issue : four children. 

1. Ethel Fern, b. May 30, 1909, at Johnstown, Pa.; m. June 8, 
1933 to Joseph W. Howe, at Johnstown, Pa. Member of the Church 
of the Brethren. Issue: three children. 

1. Joseph Dale, b. Oct. 11, 1935. 

2. Ronald Brougher, b. Nov. 24, 1937. 

3. Joyce Elaine, b. Dec. 31, 1939. 

2. Dorothy June, b. June 1, 1911, at Johnstown, Pa.; m. June 11, 
1934, at Johnstown, Pa., to Fesler Edwards, b. June 29, 1911, at 
Johnstown, Pa. His wife was a member of the Church of the 
Brethren. Occupation: certified public accountant. Present address: 
652 Horner St., Johnstown, Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. Ardythe Ann, b. Sept. 20, 1936. 

2. Carol Jean, b. Nov. 11, 1938. 

3. Olin H., b. April 14, 1915; m. Vary E. Stafford. Present ad- 
dress; Messenger St., Johnstown, Pa. 

4. Alta Marie, b. Dec. 29, 1920. 

5. Lester Holsinger, b. Nov. 26, 1887, at Waterside, Pa. ; m. three 
times; first marriage Oct. 11, 1911, to Mabel Clark, at Washington, 
D. C. ; second, to Mary Stayer ; third, to Grace Seedenberg. Occu- 
pation: bank cashier. Member of the Church of the Brethren. 
Present address : Martinsburg, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Pauline, b. June 30, 1912, at Washington, D. C. ; member of 
the Church of the Brethren ; m. Aug. 26, 1933, to Charles S. Dow- 
rick, at Washington, D. C. Rev. F. F. Holsopple performed the 
ceremony. Occupation : secretary to the U. S. District Attorney for 
Washington, D. C. Present address : Greenbelt, Md. Issue : two 

1. Charles Stewart, Jr., b. June 4, 1935. 

2. Robert Lindsay, b. Aug. 23, 1937. 

2. Thelma Vivian, b. Jan. 25, 1914, at Washington, D. C. ; mem- 
ber of the Church of the Brethren ; m. July 14, 1938, at Altoona, Pa., 
to William W. Walter. Occupation : car repairman. Present ad- 
dress: 112 Tenth St., Altoona, Pa. Issue: one child. 


1. David William, b. March 9, 1939. 

3. Donald Clark, b. July 23, 1917. 

Children born of the marriage to Mary Stayer Holsinger : two. 

1. Glenn Paul, b. June 6, 1922. 

2. Robert Lester, b. Oct. 20, 1924. 

6. Iva Vergie Holsinger, b. Nov. 3, 1895, at Waterside, Pa. ; 
member of Church of Brethren; m. Oct. 11, 1913, to Oscar K. 
Beech at New Enterprise, Pa., b. at New Enterprise, Pa. Occupation : 
merchant. Present address: Waterside, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Maureen, b. Nov. 29, 1913, at New Enterprise, Pa.; m. May 
26, 1935, at Waterside, Pa., to Wayne R. Brumbaugh, b. Nov. 11, 
1911, at Chatham, N. J. Occupation: rotogravure. Members of 
the Church of the Brethren. Present address: Brooklyn, N. Y. 

2. Virginia, b. July 31, 1916. 

3. Paul R., b. April 16, 1928. 

8. Orville A. Holsinger, b. March 21, 1898 at Waterside, Pa.; 
member of Brethren Church; m. March 4, 1922 to Mary R. Bayer, 
b. Dec. 23, 1901, at Loysburg, Pa. Occupation : bank cashier. Present 
address: Latrobe, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Betty Marie, b. Sept. 17, 1923. 

2. Doris Mae, b. Oct. 28, 1924. 

3. Orville Allen, b. Sept. 28, 1930. 

The fifth child born to George Mack Holsinger and Sarah Snyder 
Holsinger was given the name of Samuel. He was born April 7, 
1836, and died September 12, 1838. He, as has been mentioned else- 
where, is buried in the little graveyard on the old Holsinger place 
south of Bakers Summit, and in the same graveyard where William 
Mack is buried. The stone marking his grave is in good shape. The 
sixth child born to George Mack and Sarah Snyder Holsinger was 
given the name of Christian S. Holsinger (Alexander Mack, Alex- 
ander Mack, Jr., William Mack, Elizabeth Mack Holsinger, George 
Mack Holsinger, Christian Holsinger). Christian S. Holsinger 
was born April 21, 1839, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania; died 
June 16, 1918, and is buried at Laton, California. He was a farmer 
and minister in Church of the Brethren. January 6, 1859, he was 
united in marriage to Mary Smith who was born November 22, 
1833, in Pennsylvania. She died November 9, 1907, and is buried in 
Laton. California. He moved to Illinois, then to Kansas and from 


Kansas with the Brethren colony to Laton, California, in 1902. To 
this union were born the following children : 

1. Sadie, b. May 5, 1860, in Bedford Co., Pa. ; d. Dec. 10, 1907 ; 
buried in Laton, Calif.; m. to George B. Myers. To this union were 
born the following children : 

1. Mary, b. March 14, 1894, at Belleville, Kans. Member of the 
Brethren Church; m. April 3, 1911, at Raisin City, Calif., to J. W. 
Wilkerson, b. April 3, 1890, iParkersburg, 111. Occupation : farmer 
and mechanic. Present address: Strathmore, R. D., Calif. Issue: 
eight children. 

1. Violet, b. March 13, year not given; m. July 6, 1930, at Lind- 
say, Calif., to A. T. Lehman, b. Aug. 13, 1905, at Oklahoma City, 
Okla. Members of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : farmer. 
Present address : Strathmore, R. D., Calif. 

2. Ethel. 

3. Edna. 

4. Ruby. 

5. Donald. 

6. Dallas. 

7. Mary Kathleen. 

8. Albert Lee. 

2. Ira Myers was born at Belleville, Kansas ; married at Lind- 
say, California, Mina Esther Long, born in Denver, Colorado. 
March 25, 1897. Occupation: field representative for Taylor Milling 
Corporation of Los Angeles, Calif. Members ,of Brethren Church. 
Present address: Strathmore, Calif. Issue: five children. 

1. Maybelle Esther, b. June 6, 1915. 

2. Grace Marie, b. July 1, 1918; m. a Wallace, Feb. 7, 1937. 

3. Ira Leroy, b. Jan. 11, 1920. 

4. Almo Mina, b. April 4, 1922. 

5. Barbara Elaine, b. Aug. 15, 1931. 

3. Samuel Myers, date of birth not at hand. 

4. Charles George Myers, b. April 22, 1899, at Belleville, Kans. ; 
m. Aug. 31,1922, at Lindsay, Calif., Almo Mishler, b. Aug. 2, 1904, 
at McPherson, Kans. Occupation: dentist. Present address: 517 
North Grinnell Drive, Burbank, Calif. Issue: one child. 

1. Marcia Jeanne, b. Feb. 18, 1938. 

2. George Holsinger, b. Nov. 25, 1861 : d. June 11, 1887. 


3. John Holsinger, b. Feb. 14, 1863; d. March 18, 1912. 

4. Robert Holsinger, b. Feb. 18, 1865; d. Oct. 1915; buried at 
Lacon, 111. ; m. Jennie Baker. Issue : one child. 

1. Walter. 

5. Esther Holsinger, b. Feb. 24, 1868, Bedford Co., Pa.; m. Sept. 
22, 1896, to William F. White, b. April 4, 1872, in Missouri ; d. Dec. 
22, 1927; buried at Glendora, Calif. Issue: five children. 

1. Olive, b. July 1, 1897. 

2. Abby, b. Feb. 5, 1899, Belleville, Kans.; was a nurse; m. Oct. 
22, 1922, to Oliver G. Hoppes, b. Dec. 19, 1898, at Summit Hill, Pa. ; 
d. May 7, 1936, at Redlands, Calif.; buried in Oakdale Cemetery, 
Glendora, Calif. Wife is a member of Church of the Brethren. Pres- 
ent address : 1936 Locust, Long Beach, Calif. Issue : two children. 

1. Carl Oliver, b. June 2, 1926. 

2. Lewis Glenn, b. June 18, 1928. 

3. Mabel D., h. Jan. 19, 1901, at Belleville, Kans.; d. Oct. 3, 1924, 
at Lamar, Colo. ; buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Glendora, Calif. ; 
m. Oct. 1, 1922, to J. Keith Cline, b. Nov. 14, 1898, at Longmont, 
Colo. Occupation : mechanic. Members of Church of the Brethren. 
Present address: McClave, Colo. Issue: one, Ruth Esther, b. and d. 
Oct. 3, 1924 ; buried with her mother. 

4. William Glenn, b. March 15, 1903, Laton, Calif. Occupation: 
post office clerk; m. Feb. 19, 1927, to Iris M. Nofzinger, b. March 
2, 1905, in Los Angeles, Calif. Present address : 1 126 N T . Ben Lomond 
St., Covina, Calif. Issue: two children. 

1. Joan, b. April 20, 1932. 

2. Jerry, b. March 22, 1937. 

5. Christie W., b. Feb. 7, 1907, Laton, Calif.; m. Sept. 6, 1931, to 
Brita Gilbert. Occupation : truck driver. Present address : 301 W. 
Hellman, Wilmar, Calif. Issue : two children. 

The seventh child of George Mack and Sarah Snyder Holsinger 
was born July 28, 1841, and given the name of Elizabeth (Alex- 
ander Mack, Alexander Mack, Jr., William Mack, Elizabeth Mack 
Holsinger, George Mack Holsinger, Elizabeth Holsinger). She 
died March 19, 1895. In May 1869 she was married to Joseph O. 
Rowzer who was born November 22, 1839, in Bedford County, 
Pennsylvania. He died July 12, 1918. Issue: six children. 

1. Sarah Alice Rowzer, b. March 10. 1864; d. May 16, 1940; m. 


April 6, 1882, to George Davis, b. Oct. 19, 1856, Ryat, Pa. ; d. Sept. 
18, 1920; buried in the Koontz Cemetery, Loysburg, Pa. Occupa- 
tion : farmer. Member of Church of the Brethren. Issue : three 

1. Roy, b. March 23, 1883, at Ryat, Pa. Occupation: millworker; 
member of Church of the Brethren ; m. on May 2, 1906, at Hollidays- 
burg, Pa., Ella Stoner, b. at Martinsburg, Pa., Sept. 24, 1884; d. 
Aug. 15, 1932, at Lewistown, Pa. Present address: 5260 Second 
Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. Issue : six children. 

1. Stoner, b. June 19, 1907, at New Enterprise, Pa.; m. March 
27, 1937, at Martinsburg, Pa., to Martha Lydia Imler, b. May 28, 
1908, at Woodbury, Pa. Occupation: laborer. Member of Brethren 
Church. Present address : Woodbury, Pa. 

2. Elmer, b. Aug. 3, 1909, Martinsburg, Pa.; m. Aug. 24, 1935, 
Mary Elizabeth Carr, b. March 3, 1910, Howard, Pa. Occupation : 
laborer. Member of Church of Brethren. Present address : Sproul, 

3. John, b. May 8, 1912, Martinsburg, Pa.; m. April 6, 1935, at 
Martinsburg, to Harriet Steele, b. Feb. 9, 1913, at Yellow Creek, 
Pa. Occupation : poultryman. Members of M. E. Church. Present 
address : Alexandria, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Marilyn Ann, b. Sept. 2, 1937. 

4. George, b. March 18, 1914. 

5. Beatrice, b. Nov. 18, 1915. 

6. Victor, b. Nov. 11, 1918. 

2. Blain, b. March 14, 1886, at Ryat, Pa.; m. Dec. 1905, Clara 
Treech, b. Feb. 19, 1887, Martinsburg, Pa. Members of Church of 
the Brethren. Occupation : millworker. Present address : McKees- 
port, Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Charles, b. Dec. 14, 1906; m. Mary Leer. Issue: one child. 

2. Alice, b. Sept. 29, 1913; m. Louis Volk. Issue: one child. 

3. Betty, b. Aug. 23, 1919. 

4. Norma, b. Aug. 6, 1923. 

3. Charles, b. Sept. 2, 1893, Ryat, Pa.; m. on Jan. 2, 1915, Annie 
Koontz, b. Sept. 3, 1894, at New Enterprise, Pa. Occupation : farm- 
er. Members of Church of the Brethren. Present address : New 
Enterprise, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1 . Earl, b. May 2, 1916 ; m. Lavernc Bower. 

2. Emmert, b. Jan. 2, 1918. 


2. Mary Elizabeth, b. June 29, 1866, Bedford Co., Pa.; d. May 16, 
1940, at Bridgewater, Va.; m. March 1888, Rev. C. B. Smith at 
Lacon, 111., b. Feb. 19, 1867, in Orange Co., Va. She and her hus- 
band were very active in the work of the Church of the Brethren. 
Successful pastorates were held in numerous western states; they 
finally moved to Bridgewater, Va., where she passed away. Dr. 
John Flory conducted her funeral with Rev. C. G. Hesse, the pas- 
tor of the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, assisting. 

3. Nancy J., b. Sept. 10, 1868; d. April 20, 1891 ; buried in Breth- 
ren Cemetery at Ogletown, Pa.; m. on Sept. 27, 1885, at New Paris. 
.Pa., to James L. Mock, b. March 4, 1886, at Ogletown, Pa. Mem- 
bers of Brethren Church. Occupation : carpenter. Present address : 
Windber, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 29, 1886, at New Paris, Pa.; m. on Dec. 25, 
1908, at Red Cloud, Nebr., to A. E. Stoner, b. in Martinsburg, Pa., 
Dec. 4, 1882. Occupation: carpenter and farmer. Members of 
Brethren Church. Present address: Aurora, R. D., N. Y. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Helen Darlyne Patience, b. March 24, 1910, at Hamlin, Kans. ; 
m. June 21, 1934, at Aurora, N. Y., to Vernon W. Bowman, b. April 
25, 1911, at Morrill, Kans. Occupation: Dairy Department, Cornell 
University, Ithaca, N. Y. Members of Brethren Church. Present 
address: Slaterville Rd., Ithaca, N. Y. Issue: one child, Ronald 
Vernon, b. Sept. 7, 1938. 

2. Dale, b. June 5, 1914, Windber, Pa. ; m. Sept. 2, 1937. at King 
Ferry, N. Y., to Leona Buckhout, b. April 12, 1913, at Scipioville, 
N. Y. Husband is a member of Church of Brethren. Present ad- 
dress : King Ferry, N. Y. 

3. Imogene, b. June 4, 1926. 

2. Harry Mock, b. June 3, 1888; d. 1934; m. 1917, Lillian White, 
b. 1898. Issue : three children. All born at Dallas, Tex. 

1. Dorsey Chester, b. Oct. 8, 1919. 

2. James Lemon, 1). June 30, 1921. 

3. Elizabeth Etta, b. Oct. 20, 1923. 

4. Andrew D. Rowzer, b. June 30, 1871, in Bedford Co., Pa.; in. 
Feb. 28, 1895, Sarali Jane Mock, b. Sept. 18, 1873, in Somerset Co.. 
Pa. Members of Church of the Brethren. Served for a number of 
years as steward for the Church of the Brethren Home at Scalp 
Level, Pa. Present address : Windber, Pa. Present occupation : 


watchmaker. No children were born to them, but one was adopted, 
Alice Rowzer, b. May 10, 1906; m. James Stanton. Address: 123 
Main Ave., Long Beach, Calif. 

5. Rebecca Rowzer, b. Aug. 21, 1874; d. Dec. 1, 1889. 

6. Stephen A. Rowzer, b. Jan. 8, 1878, in Bedford Co., Pa.; m. 
Feb. IS, 1899, at Belleville, Kans., to Lottie Pearl Bradley, b. May 
26, 1878, in Marion Co., la. Members of Brethren Church. Occupa- 
tion : coach carpenter for A. T. and S. F. Railroad. Present address : 
Richland, Kans. Issue : five children. 

1. Charles Joseph, b. June 8, 1903; m. Hazel Walter, July 1935 
at Topeka, Kans. Members of Christian Church. Occupation: bus 
driver, Kansas Power and Light. Present address: 1135 Tyler St., 
Topeka, Kans. One child by a former marriage, Charles Luvcrne, 
b. July 29, 1930. 

2. Lloyd Collins, b. Oct. 18, 1904. 

3. Alma Elizabeth, b. April 7, 1906; d. June 27, 1907. 

4. Andrew David, b. Feb. 23, 1915. 

5. Ira Bradley, b. Aug. 23, 1918. 

The fifth child born to John and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger was 
given the name of David Holsinger. He was born June 18, 1806, 
at Bakers Summit, Pennsylvania. He died December 13, 1881, and 
is buried in West Branch Cemetery, Maryland, Illinois. He was a 
schoolteacher and a farmer. He was married to Julianna Roudebush, 
who was born June 21, 1807, and died November 30, 1881. She is 
buried in West Branch Cemetery at Maryland, Illinois. There are 
records of nine children being born to them. All were born in the 
Morrison's Cove section of Pennsylvania, and moved to Illinois 
with the parents in 1856. The first we have on record is : 

1. John, date of birth not at hand; m. Barbara Shiftier. Issue: 
fourteen children. 

1. Albert. 

2. Ellen, b. April 24, 1851 ; d. May 31, 1934. 

3. David S., b. Aug. 20, 1852; d. March 13, 1938. 

4. Elizabeth. 

5. William, b. Aug. 10, 1855 ; d. Dec. 3, 1935 ; m. Florence Knodle. 

6. Kathleen, b. May 4, 1858; d. Aug. 16, 1932; m. Charles Bissel. 

7. Julia, b. 1859; d. June 9, 1890; m. John Slogget. 

8. Samuel. 

9. Emmanuel, b. Sept. 21, 1862; d. May 3, 1927; m. Ruth Peel. 


10. John. 

11. Mabel, b. May 25, 1864; m. Joseph Feldkerchner. 

12. Mamie (or Barbara). 

13. Abraham Lincoln. 

14. Benjamin Franklin. 

2. Alexander Holsinger, b. Sept. 22, 1831, three miles north of 
Martinsburg, Pa.; d. May 31, 1916; m. Sept. 10, 1857, Sarah Tobias, 
b. Jan. 30, 1838, at Circleville, Ohio ; d. Jan. 14, 1912. Issue : four- 
teen children. 

1. Mary Holsinger, b. July 28, 1858; d. June 22, 1885, at Stanton, 
Nebr. ; buried there ; member of Church of the Brethren ; m. Feb. 
12, 1886, to George Albert Vanburen, b. Aug. 20, 1851, in Wisconsin. 
Issue: four children. 

1. Florence, b. Nov. 9, 1876; m. a Gunter. 

2. Richard, b. June 9, 1879, at Carleton, Nebr. 

3. George Albert, b. Sept. 10, 1881, at Arnold, Nebr. 

4. Mary, b. March 5, 1884; m. a Hillgren. 

2. Simon T. Holsinger, b. Aug. 1859, at Foreston, 111. ; m. Aug. 
1, 1889, Eliza Bryson, b. 1867, in Ohio. Member of Brethren Church. 
Occupation : farmer. Present address : 136 Huntington Ave., Sheri- 
dan, Wyo. Issue : five children. 

1. Elmer, b. May 4, 1890, at Shickley, Nebr.; m. June 18, 1913, to 
Agnes M. Blanchard, b. Aug. 13, 1888, at Chadron, Nebr. Occupa- 
tion : Presbyterian Sunday School Missionary. Present address : 
Gillete, Wyo. Issue : nine children. 

1. Edgar T., b. Feb. 22, 1914. 

2. Irving R., b. March 13, 1915. 

3. Kenneth B., b. Sept. 8, 1916. 

4. Elmer, b. Oct. 10, 1918. 

5. Merle (twin), b. Aug. 31, 1920. 

6. Myrtle (twin), b. Aug. 31, 1920. 

7. Paul Dale, b. June 23, 1922. 

8. Eva Lillian, b. Sept. 19, 1924. 

9. Grace Elizabeth, b. Jan. 2, 1928. 

2. Charles, b. Dec. 5, 1892; d. Aug. 11, 1894. 

3. Roy, b. June 16, 1895, Shickley, Nebr.; m. Nov. 16, 1922, at 
New Castle, Wyo., Bessie Mann, b. Feb. 18, 1892, at Crete, Nebr. 
Members of Presbyterian Church. Occupation : truck farmer. Pres- 
ent address : Sheridan, Wyo. 


4. Alvin, b. March 5, 1901 ; unmarried. 

5. Glen, b. Oct. 16, 1907; m. May 30, 1935, at Powell, Wyo., Helen 
Lieberknecht, b. June 5, 1914, at Sioux Falls, S. D. Members of 
Presbyterian Church. Occupation : teacher. Present address : 136 
Huntington Ave., Sheridan, Wyo. Issue : one child. 

1. Howard. 

3. Levi Holsinger, b. April 26, 1861 ; d. April 7, 1864. 

4. Daniel, b. Feb. 18, 1863; d. March 14, 1863. 

5. Elizabeth Holsinger, b. June IS, 1864; Freeport, 111.; m. Sept. 
24, 1881, David Beanblossom, who died Aug. 9, 1890. Issue: four 

1. Ida May, b. Jan. 1, 1884; d. Aug. 25, 1889. 

2. Archie Elmer, b. May 30, 1885; d. March 21, 1886. 

3. Fred Ray, b. May 19, 1887, Davenport, la. ; m. Emma Dirks 
at Talmage, Nebr., Dec. 20, 1916, b. May 14, 1895, at Johnson, Nebr. 
Members of Church of the Brethren. Present address : Carleton, 
Nebr. Works for railroad company. Issue : seven children. 

1. Ida Lodema, b. Oct. 12, 1917. 

2. Loretta Maxine, b. Sept. 25, 1919. 

3. Roma Faye, b. Dec. 15, 1921. 

4. Doris Lucile, b. April 12, 1924. 

5. Helen Marie, b. May 28, 1926; d. May 21, 1928. 

6. Wauneta May, b. Aug. 4, 1929. 

7. Shirely Kay, b. July 15, 1936. 

4. George Wilbur, b. July 15, 1889, at Davenport, la. ; m. Oct. 14, 
1909, at Nelson, Nebr., to Lula May Kreiling, b. Feb. 20, 1892, at 
Bruning, Nebr. Members of Church of the Brethren. Present ad- 
dress : Minatare, Nebr. Issue : three children. 

1. Doris Pauline, b. June 9. 1910; m. Aug. 11, 1928, to Wayne 
Whitehead, at Gering, Nebr. Present address : Minatare, Nebr. 
Issue: two children. 

1. Robert Lee. 

2. Janice Arlene. 

2. Freda Arlene, b. Jan. 8, 1912, at Fairfield, Nebr. ; m. Feb. 4, 
1932, at Bridgeport, Nebr., to Paul Conklin, b. March 6, 1912, at 
Bayard, Nebr. Occupation : mechanic. Present address : Minatare, 
Nebr. Issue : three children. 

1. Wilbur Paul, b. Aug. 24, 1932. 

2. Infant, d. at birth, Jan. 3, 1934. 


3. Ronald Harvey, b. March 7, 1937. 

3. Evelyn Fern, b. Oct. 12, 1913, at Harvard, Nebr.; in. Jan. 9, 
1930, at Scotts Bluff, Nebr., to Allison Funk, b. Dec. 28, 1907, at 
Pjpestone, Minn. Present address: Georgetown, Calif. Occupation: 
gold miner. Issue : two children. 

1. Donald Dean, b. Nov. 12, 1930. 

2. Jeanne Ann, b. Feb. IS, 1933. 

Elizabeth Holsinger Beanblossom married for her second hus- 
band, Martin Beanblossom, Feb. 12, 1892. To this union were bom 
four children : 

1. Earl Martin, b. Nov. 17, 1895, in Jewell Co., Kans. ; m. Aug. 13, 
1927. Member of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : orange 
packer. Present address: 211 E. Stewart, Redlands, Calif. 

2. Sarah Maude, b. Nov. 6, 1898; d. Feb. 14, 1900. 

3. Mary Addeline, b. Oct. 5, 1900, at Davenport, la. ; m. Nov. 20, 
1920, at Mankato, Kans.. to E. O. Miller, b. Jan. 4, 1903, at Mont- 
rose, Kans. Members of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : 
farmer and bridge builder. Present address : Jewell, Kans. Issue : 
seven children. 

1. Donald Ivan, b. May 5, 1921 ; d. Sept. 12, 1923. 

2. Virginia Irene, b. Aug. 25, 1922. 

3. George Edwin, b. July 21, 1924; d. Dec. 10, 1932. 

4. Virgil Leroy. b. March 14, 1926. 

5. Maurice Lyle. b. March 13, 1928. 

6. Frances Margaret, b. Jan. 27, 1930. 

7. Gladys Eileen, b. Feb. 5, 1933. 

4. Alma Irene, b. Feb. 11, 1902, near Davenport, la.; m. Dec. 20. 
1923, at Mankato, Kans., to Oscar Newlin, b. Jan. 1, 1902, near 
Burr Oak, Kans. Member of Church of the Brethren. Occupation : 
farmer. Present address: Burr Oak, Kans. Issue: two children. 

1. Opal Darlin, b. Oct. 12, 1925. 

2. Lowell Oscar, b. Sept. 17, 1928. 

6. Ellen Holsinger, b. Jan. 12, 1866, near Foreston, 111.; d. Oct. 21, 
1937, at Geneva, Nebr.; buried at Shickley, Nebr.; member M. E. 
Church ; m. Oct. 7, 1884, to Samuel Hardinger, b. Dec. 9, 1847, Pa. ; 
d. Sept. 8, 1933, at Shickley, Nebr. Issue: three children. 

1. Irene, b. July 27, 1885; d. Dec. 30. 1933; m. Harry Aydlotte. 
July 26, 1905. at Beatrice, Nebr. 


2. Nancy, b. Aug. 1, 1887; m. Harry Froemper. Present address: 
Beatrice, Nebr. 

3. Royal, b. March 20, 1891, at Shickley, Nebr. ; in. Gladys Schoen- 
holtz at Lincoln, Nebr., b. Dec. 2, 1904, at Bruning, Xebr. Occupa- 
tion: pharmacist. Member of M. E. Church. Present address: Edgar, 
Nebr. Issue: one child. 

1. Donald Dale, b. Oct. 13, 1936. 

7. John Holsinger, b. Feb. 19, 1867, at Freeport. 111.; ra. Feb. 28, 
1898, to Ellen Patch (Hatcher), who died March 4, 1923; buried at 
Davenport, Nebr. Member of Church of the Brethren. Present ad- 
dress : Edgar, Nebr. Issue : one child. 

1. Sarah Evangeline, b. June 12, 1900, near Shickley, Nebr.; m. 
May 9, 1917, at Nelson, Nebr., to M. A. Johnson, b. Aug. 9. 1896, 
at Edgar, Nebr. Members of Church of Christ. Occupation: loco- 
motive fireman for C. B. and Q. Issue : seven children. 

1. Albert, b. Aug. 5, 1919. 

2. Betty, b. May 5, 1922. 

3. Alice, b. Oct. 19,' 1924. 

4. Edna, b. Dec. 12, 1926. 

5. Robert, b. June 25, 1929. 

6. Patricia, b. Nov. 11, 1932. 

7. Richard, b. Aug. 20, 1938. 

8. Henry Holsinger, b. Oct. 4, 1868; d. Dec. 1, 1877. 

9. Nelson Holsinger. b. July 27, 1870; d. Nov. 26. 1877. 

10. Sylvia Holsinger, b. Nov. 15, 1872; d. Dec. 22, 1877. 

11. Joseph Holsinger, b. Oct. 4, 1874; d. Feb. 11, 1893. 

12. George Holsinger, b. Oct. 27, 1876, Shickley, Nebr.; m. first, 
.Minnie Johnson; second, Ethel Hinkle. Present address: Lindsay. 
Calif. Issue: five children. 

1. Ruby, b. 1917. 

2. Gladys, b. 1919. 

3. Paul, b. 1921. 

4. Ruth, b. 1923. 

5. Ralph, b. 1925. 

13. Cora, b. Nov. 8, 1878; d. July 3, 1882. 

14. Frank Holsinger, b. Jan. 14, 1884; m. Dec. 11, 1923, at Coun- 
cil Bluffs, la., Mabel Walter, b. Nov. 8, 1901, at Shickley, Nebr. 
Members of the Brethren Church. Present address : Shickley, Nebr. 


3. Elizabeth Holsinger, b. March 30, 1833 in Bedford Co., Pa.; 
d. Feb. 6, 1895, in Ogle Co., 111.; m. Nov. 19, 1857, to Emmanuel 
Miller, b. July 4, 1834, in Washington Co., MA; d. Oct. 1, 1869. 
Member of Church of the Brethren. Issue: six children. 

1. Maria Jane, b. Oct. 10, 1858, near Polo, III; m. March 2, 1892, 
to A. H. Stauffer, b. March 1, 1857, Elkhart, Ind. Members of the 
Brethren Church. Occupation : fanner. 

2. Sarah Emma, b. Dec. 28, 1860, at Polo, 111. ; m. Oct. 13, 1878, 
at Foreston, 111., to Alfred Sloggett, b. March 13, 1856, at Granby 
Village, Canada; d. March 16, 1921, Clinton, la.; buried in Broken 
Bow Cemetery, Broken Bow, Nebr. Members of M. E. Church. 
Occupation : farmer. Present address : Broken Bow, Nebr. 

4. Simon Holsinger, son of David and Julianna Roudebush Hol- 
singer, b. June 29, 1835 in the Morrison's Cove, section of Pa. ; d. 
Dec. 12, 1922; m. Caroline Sutterlee, b. Jan. 27, 1841; d. Jan. 11, 
1916. Issue: seven children. 

1. Winfield Scott, b. July 26, 1867; d. March 17, 1919; unmarried. 

2. Laura Gertrude, b. Sept. 1, 1869; d. March 28, 1924; buried in 
Norcatur, Kans., Cemetery ; m. Aug. 9, 1887, at Rockwell City, 
Kans., to W. W. Reager, b. Dec. 17, 1858, Winterset, la. ; d. at Nor- 
catur, Kans., Feb. 19, 1935. Occupation: farmer. Members of Meth- 
odist Church. Issue : two children. 

1. Leroy, b. Feb. 27, 1888, at Norcatur, Kans.; m. Olive Tempel, 
b. in 1894. Occupation : barber. Member of M. E. Church. Present 
address: Mankato, Kans. Issue: two children. 

1. Margaret, b. Dec. 28, 1914, at Norcatur, Kans.; m. June 2, 1933, 
to Phil Congelman. Present address : Mankato, Kans. 

2. Merl. 

2. Ina Grace, b. July 11, 1890, at Reager, Kans. ; m. Ben E. Eck- 
hart, Feb. 28, 1912, b. April 6, 1889, at Norcatur, Kans. Occupation : 
farmer. Present address : Norcatur, R. D., Kans. Issue : one child. 

1. Leroy Eldon, b. Sept. 17, 1914; m. Grace Bell, b. Oct. 25, 1904, 
at Norcatur, Kans. Occupation : farmer. Present address : Norcatur, 

3. Ida, d. April 14, 1885; unmarried. 

4. Harrison, unmarried. 

5. Lillian, b. Aug. 21, 1879, Rockwell City, Kans.; m. Aug. 31, 
1898, to Jesse W. Deeter, b. Oct. 19, 1879, at Covington, Ohio. Oc- 


cupation : newspaper editor. Present address : Norcatur, Kans. Is- 
sue: four children. 

1. Fern, b. Aug. 1, 1899; m. on Dec. 24, 1921, to Marion E. Walker. 
Occupation: antique dealer. Present address: Kansas City, Kans. 

2. Everett Leo, b. Sept. 13, 1901, at Norcatur, Kans. ; m. Dec. 24, 
1923, Topeka, Kans., Margaret Riley, b. Aug. 10, 1904, Topeka, 
Kans. Occupation : photoengraver. Member of Baptist Church. 
Present address : St Louis, Mo. Issue : one child. 

1, Richard, b. Feb. 1, 1930. 

3. Glenn Maurice, b. Jan. 20, 1905, at Norcatur, Kans. m. Dec. 
24, at Oberlin, Kans., to Celia Mavity. Occupation : theater man- 
ager. Present address : Hoisington, Kans. Issue : one child. 

1. Ken, b. Feb. IS, 1934. 

4. Irma, b. Aug. 19, 1910, at Norcatur, Kans.; m. Nov. 30, 1931, 
Ferris Macfee. Present address : Norcatur, Kans. Issue : one child. 

1. Robert Bruce, b. March 8, 1932. 

6. Chester, b. Aug. 28, 1882; d. July 11, 1911; unmarried. 

7. Robert Raymond, b. Aug. 6, 1884, Norton, Kans. ; d. Aug. 27, 
1921, at Norcatur, Kans.; m. March 9, 1910, Eva Ward, b. March 
10, 1890, Norton Co., Kans. Member of Methodist Church. Present 
address : Norcatur, Kans. Occupation : general merchant and writer. 
Issue : one child. 

1. Melva Irene Holsinger, b. Nov. 26, 1910, at Norcatur, Kans.; 
m. June 9, 1929, to Harold Deeter, b. Aug. 19, 1900, Norton Co., 
Kans. Occupation : farmer. Member of Methodist Church. Present 
address : Norcatur, Kans. Issue : two children. 

1. Charles Raymond, b. Dec. 30, 1930.' 

2. Eleanor Ruth, b. April 24, 1934. 

5. Emmanuel Holsinger, son of David and Julianna Roudebush 
Holsinger, b. Jan. 20, 1838 in Morrison's Cove, Pa. ; d. Nov. 9, 1909 ; 
buried at Grand Island, Nebr. Occupation : farmer. Was a member 
of Co. D, 142 Illinois Infantry Volunteers of Civil War. He married 
in 1864 Eunice Satterlee, b. March 3, 1847, at Woodstock, 111.; d. 
May 10, 1906, at Grand Island, Nebr. Issue : ten children. 

1. Milton, b. July 19, 1866, at Mt. Morris, 111. ; d. May 7, 1926, at 
Independence, Kans. Member of Christian Church. Occupation : 
interior decorator, music teacher, and band master. May 3, 1911, 
m. Etta Owsteon at Center Grove, la., b. May 1, 1873. Children 
died in infancy. 


2. Hattie, b. March 7, 1868, at Freeport, 111.; member Methodist 
Church ; m. Nov. 22, 18S7, at Shickley. Xebr., to Fred Wilson, b. 
Aug. 17, 1856, at Cunneaut, Ohio. Occupation: carpenter and con- 
tractor. Present address: 2615 Gleason Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 
Issue: eight children. 

1. Lottie, b. Oct. 13, 1889; m. Frank Dougherty. Present address: 
2615 Gleason Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 

2. Fay, b. June 4, 1891 ; m. John Cunningham. Present address : 
2615 Gleason Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 

3. Gladys, b. May 26, 1893 ; m. Fred Kulda. Present address : 2615 
Gleason Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 

4. Joseph, b. March 25, 1898; m. Laura Nickols. Present address: 
2615 Gleason Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 

5. Fred, b. Sept. 4, 1900; d. Oct. 3, 1904. 

6. Frank, b. June 25, 1902; d. Oct. 3, 1904. 

7. Ruth, b. April 4, 1904; m. Roy Jones. Present address: 2615 
Gleason Ave., Los Angeles Calif. 

8. Roy, b. June 2, 1906; m. Grace Leonard. Present address: 2615 
Gleason Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 

3. Edna Holsinger, b. Sept. 5, 1870, near Des Moines, la. ; m. April 
20, 1888, at Hebron, Nebr., to William Stouffer. Occupation : bridge 
builder and foreman. Present address: 614 Thirteenth Ave., North, 
Clinton, la. Issue : ten children. 

1. Mary Ellen, b. March 29, 1889, at Shickley, Nebr.; m. Frank 
Bark. Present address : 2316 Grant St., Clinton, la. Issue to this 
union : six children. 

1. Frank, b. 1907; d. 1928. 

2. Augusta, b. July 1, 1909, at Clinton, la.; m. Feb. 15, 1926, at 
Clinton, la., to Everett Proud, b. Nov. 4, 1905, at Breveton, 111. 
Present address: 221 21 Place, Clinton, la. Issue: five children. 

1. Shirely, b. Oct. 30, 1927. 

2. Anthony Duane, b. Sept. 10, 1929. 

3. Rodney Brandon, b. April 8, 1933. 

4. Eugene Roger, b. Feb. 9, 1935. 

5. Almetta Juanita, b. Feb. 8, 1937. 

3. lone, b. July 15, 1911. at Clinton, la.; m. N T ov. 11, 1935, at 
Davenport, la., to Howard McCaugbey. h. Aug. 12. 1900. at DcWitt, 
la. Occupation: carpenter. Present address: 549 18th Ave, South, 
Clinton, la. Issue: one child. 


1. Donald, b. June 8, 1931. 

4. Elaine, b. Aug. 22, 1913; m. Jan. 30, 1936, at Clinton, la., to 
Archie Cook, b. Nov. IS, 1903. Member of Christian Church. 
Present address : 906 Roosevelt St., Clinton, la. Issue : three children. 

1. Grace, b. March'l5, 1936. 

2. Joan Marcia, b. Jan. 25, 1933. 

3. Archie Alan, b. Oct. 21, 1938. 

5. Allen, b. Jan. 3, 1915; member Catholic Church; m. April 12, 
1933, to Dorothy Stratton, b. July 26, 1915, at Mankato, Minn. Pres- 
ent address : 1404 S. 3rd St., Clinton, la. Issue : five children. 

1. Mary Ellen, b. Aug. 14, 1933. 

2. James Allen, b. Sept. 10, 1934. 

3. Duane Wesley, b. Feb. 6, 1936. 

4. Patrick Leroy, b. March 17, 1937. 

5. Cressa lone, b. March 9, 1939. 

6. Mary Ellen, b. June 30, 1919; m. Aug. 22, 1936, at Clinton, la.. 
John Henry Booth, b. Oct. 3, 1919. Members of Methodist Church. 
Present address : 1420 S. Third St., Clinton, la. 

For her second husband Mary Ellen Bark m. June 28, 1922, at 
Clinton, la., John Kreucher, b, Aug. 2, 1888, at Clinton, la.; member 
of the Catholic Church. Occupation: foundry and woodworker. 
Five children were born to this union. 

1. John, b. Feb. 9, 1924. 

2. Jean. b. April 15, 1925. 

3. Janice, b. Dec. 2. 1927. 

4. James, b. Sept. 11, 1929. 

5. Jerald, b. April 16, 1933. 

2. Minnie Stauffer, b. June 25, 1891, at Shickley, Nebr. ; m. Nov. 
4, 1906, Harry Guilder. Issue: one child. 

1. Bessie, b. April 28, 1907; m. Oct. 23, 1925. William Leslie. !>. 
Nov. 30, 1900, at Phelp, Mo. Present address: 329 Fifteenth Ave.. 
South, Clinton, la. Issue: four children. 

1. Infant son, d. Dec. 28, 1925. 

2. Billy, b. May 18, 1926. 

3. Eugene, b. Sept. 7, 1928. 

4. Danny, b. June 13, 1931. 

Minnie Stauffer Guilder, m. second, Lewis Rubsamer, at Clinton, 
.la., April 2, 1908. To this union were born eight children. 


1. Charles, b. March 24, 1909; m. Ethel Anderson. Present ad- 
dress : 15th Ave., South, Clinton, la. 

2. Louise, b. Jan. 20, 1910, at Mt. Morris, 111.; m. April 30, 1931, 
to Daniel Kump, b. June S, 1905, at Oregon, 111. Members of Chris- 
tian Church. Present address : Oregon, R. D. 2, 111. Occupation : 
farmer. Issue: two children. 

1. Barbara, b. May 28, 1932. 

2. Louise, b. Oct. 13, 1935. 

3. Edith, b. Dec. 12, 1911 ; d. Dec. 13, 1911. 

4. Alice, b. Dec. 25, 1912; m. Frank Anderson. Present address: 
2230 Liberty St., Clinton, la. 

5. Caroline, b. March 9, 1915, at Grand Mound, la. ; m. Nov. 9, 
1930, at Clinton, la., to Seward Lewis, b. Nov. 10, 1909, at Bayard, 
la. Occupation : laborer. Present address : 2454;/> Liberty St., Clin- 
ton, la. Issue : four children. 

1. Deloris, b. May 10, 1932. 

2. Harvey, b. Dec. 31, 1933. 

3. Jacqueline, b. March 24, 1935. 

4. Seward, b. May 27, 1937. 

6. Harvey, b. Feb. 20, 1918: m. Frances New March. Present 
address : Clinton, la. 

7. Cleota, b. Feb. 21, 1920. 

8. Minnie Lou, b. Jan. 23, 1923. 

Minnie Stauffer Guilder m. third, William Jessen. 

3. Grace, b. Dec. 21, 1892, at Shickley, Nebr. ; m. Dec. 18, 1909, 
at Clinton, la., to Samuel Titus, b. Oct. 28, 1881. Occupation: tool 
maker. Present address: 439 Forty-fifth St., Rock Island, 111. Is- 
sue : two children. 

1. Edna May, b. May 10, 1911 at Clinton, la.; m. Sept. 21, 1929, 
to Arthur Nixon. Occupation: chauffeur for Yellow Cab Co. Pres- 
ent address: Clinton, la. Issue: three children. 

1. Arthur Ervin, b. April 21, 1930. 

2. Robert Eugene, b. June 21, 1931. 

3. Marlene Grace, b. Nov. 2. 1935. 
2. William Robert, b. May 24. 1914. 

4. Andrew, m. Anna McMann. Present address : Clinton, la. 

5. Charles, m. Florence Shewet. Present address : Clinton, la. 

6. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 6, 1897; m. Albert Gould, b. Oct. 29, 1871, in 


Jackson Co., la. Occupation : farmer and carpenter. Present address : 
Wyoming, la. 

7. Anna, b. March 21, 1900, at Polo, 111. ; m. Ross Hensley, b. Jan. 
21, 1896, at Glen Rock, Nebr. Members of the Presbyterian Church. 
Present address: Clinton, la. Issue: one child. 

1. Ross, b. Dec. 3, 1918. 

8. Hazel, b. Dec. 8, 1900; m. to a Parker and a Dolph. Issue: 
five children. 

1. Allan, b. May 17, 1918. 

2. Paul, b. May 12, 1922. 

3. May, b. July 24, 1925 ; d. Dec. 24, 1925. 

4. Maxine, b. Oct. 6, 1926. 

5. Richard, b. Sept. 9, 1938. 

9. Thomas, b. Oct. 28, 1902; m. Beulah Eison, Jan. 30, 1937, b. 
Feb. 19, 1906, at New Liberty, 111. Occupation : stone mason. 

10. Ruth, b. Jan. 28, 1907, at Clinton, la. ; m. Fred Parker Dec. 
1, 1924; b. July 20, 1896, Fulton, 111. Present address: Clinton, la. 
Issue: eight children. 

1. Doria May, b. Jan. 2, 1923. 

2. Phyllis Arlene, b. Nov. 23, 1926. 

3. Beverly Belle, b. July 19, 1928. 

4. Alfred Willard, b. Jan. 31, 1930. 

5. Marion Elizabeth, b. Aug. 30, 1931. 

6. Rosella Jean, b. Dec. 14, 1932. 

7. Peggy Lou, b. Sept. 20, 1934. 

8. Thomas Amos, b. Aug. 16, 1936. 

4. Homer Holsinger, d. in infancy. 

5. Juliana, b. Sept. 4, 1877 ; d. June 30, 1935 ; buried at Bellvue, 
Nebr.; member of Church of the Brethren; m. Joseph West. 

6. David Holsinger, b. April 9, 1880, at Shickley, Nebr. ; d. July 
24, 1936; buried at Los Angeles, Calif.; an interior decorator, m. 
1919, Stella Chastian. 

7. Lottie Holsinger, b. Sept. 21, 1883; m. on Oct. 30, 1906, to 
William E. Bennett, b. Feb. 5, 1873, at Waterloo, la. Occupation : 
carpenter. Present address : Grand Island, Nebr. Issue : three chil- 

1. William, b. April 24, 1908, at Grand Island, Nebr. ; m. June 27, 
1928, Hattie Lorance. Occupation : auto mechanic. Issue : three 


1. Ramona Jean, b. June 25, 1929; d. Oct. 27, 1929. 

2. Norman Roger, b. July 7, 1934. 

3. Rolland Russel, 1). Nov. 11, 1937. 

2. Doris Virginia, b. Nov. 25, 1916. 

3. Joe Irene, b. Jan. 18, 1922. 

8. Robert Holsinger, b. Oct. 15, 1885; d. Dec. 2, 1918; unmarried. 

9. Emily Holsinger, b. May 7, 1889; tn. Feb. 18, 1911, at Grand 
Island, Nebr., to Charles Winn, b. July 9, 1882, at Fremont, Nebr. 
Occupation : landscape gardener. Present address : 661 S. Raleigh St., 
Denver, Colo. Issue : 

1. Charles Milton, b. March 9, 1913; m. July 14, 1935, Bernice 
Wheeler. Issue : one child. 

1. Russel Albert, b. Oct. 16, 1936. 

2. Julia Ann, b. Aug. 30, 1915. 

3. Dorothy Mildred, b. May 14, 1919; m. Sept. 11, 1935, to Elmer 
Keeler. Issue : one child. 

1. Elmer Lewis, b. July 4, 1936. 

10. Russel Holsinger, b. July 17, 1891 ; d. June 5, 1925; buried at 
Grand Island, Nebr.; served three years in World War; an interior 
decorator ; m. Florence Tucker. 

6. Levi Holsinger, son of David and Juliana Roudebush Hol- 
singer, b. Oct. 20, 1840, in Morrison's Cove section of Pa. ; buried at 
Mt. Morris, 111. ; served three years in the Civil War ; m. Harriet 
Cheeseman, then Mary Grossnickle. Issue : eight children. 

1. Oliver, b. Oct. 14, 1866, at Foreston, 111. ; m. April 19, 1893, 
Annie Easton, b. June 7, 1876, Mt. Morris, 111. Occupation: con- 
tractor and builder. Issue : seven children. 

1. Veri, b. Aug. 3, 1894; m. Feb. 14, 1914, to Ida Morris, b. July 
12, 1900. Present address : 1302 W. Taylor, Phoenix, Ariz. Issue : 
six children. 

1. Dorothy, b. May 28, 1915; m. 1931 to Fred Oswald. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Lewis, b. Aug. 30, 1932. 

2. , b. Nov. 2, 1936. 

3. , b. January 19, 1938. 

2. Mildred, b. Oct. 17, 1920. 

3. Palmer, b. Nov. 13, 1922; d. April 15, 1924. 

4. Jack, b. Oct. 7, 1931. 


5. A daughter, b. June 25, 1936 ; d. June 28, 1936. 

6. A son, b. June 25, 1936 ; d. July 6, 1936. 

2. Ralph, b. March 2, 1896; m. July 10, 1920, to Mary Coughlin; 
b. June 5, 1899. Present address: Yucaipa, Calif. Issue: two children. 

1. Robert, b. March 15, 1928. 

2. J. Elaine, b. Oct. 30, 1930. 

3. Pearl, b. April 18, 1897; m. July 7, 1922, to Edward N. Sweitz- 
er, b. Feb. 5, 1885. Present address: 311 S. Harvard Ave., Fuller- 
ton, Calif. 

4. Ethel, b. May 10, 1899; m. July 3, 1926, to J. Harvey Brown, 
b. May 22, 1899; and d. March 30, 1939; buried at Redlands, Calif., 
in Hillside Cemetery. Present address: 472 S. Fifth St., Yucaipa, 
Calif. Issue: three children. 

1. J. Harvey, b. Aug. 24, 1928. 

2. Richard, b. Aug. 25, 1932. 

3. Lee Roy, b. Nov. 13, 1934; d. Nov. 14, 1934. 

5. Nona, b. April 8, 1902; m. in 1931 to Thomas D. Davis. Present 
address : 613 West, Flagstaff, Ariz. Issue : four children. 

1. Margaret, b. April 24, 1932. 

2. Thomas, b. April 10, 1934. 

3. John, b. Sept. 22, 1936. 

4. Oliver, b. Jan. 13, 1938. 

6. Erna, b. March 6, 1905. 

7. Covel, b. Feb. 13, 1909; m. Sept. 13, 1930, Roseland White, b. 
Aug. 27, 1914. Present address: Yucaipa, Calif. Issue: two children. 

1. Erna, b. June 30, 1932. 

2. Covel, b. Dec. 25, 1933. 

2. Ira Holsinger, b. May 2, 1868; d. July 20, 1929, at Gordon, 
Nebr. ; buried there ; m. Sept. 14, 1893, to Luzetto Kitzmiller, b. Oct. 
20, 1873, at Haldane, Nebr. Member of Presbyterian Church. Present 
address : Gordon, Nebr. Issue : six children. 

1. George, b. Nov. 25, 1894; d. Oct. 14, 1918; unmarried. 

2. Myron Everett, b. Jan. 10, 1897; m. Irene Vandenburg, Sept. 
8, 1928, at Chaddron, Nebr. Occupation : grain elevator operator. 
Issue : two children. - 

1. Ronald Clair, b. Jan. 9, 1930. 

2. Sharlyn Mae, b, Nov. 27, 1934. " ■ 

3. Harry, b. Nov. 21, 1899, Halden, 111.; m. Dec. 17, 1918, at 


Gordon, Nebr., Dorothy Cover, b. Aug. 14, 1898; and d. June 22, 
1933, at Custer, S. D. ; buried at Custer, Nebr. Issue : three children. 

1. Derwin Harry, b. Aug. 1, 1922. 

2. Audry Hope, b. March 1, 1929. 

3. Glen Cover, b. Nov. 20, 1930. 

4. Viola Susan, b. Nov. 19, 1901 ; m. Feb. 26, 1920, at Gordon, 
Nebr., to Lester Stouffer, b. Dec. 24, 1928, at Haldane, 111. Present 
address: Rochelle, 111. Issue: two children. 

1. Robert, b. Jan. 16, 1923; d. May 6, 1932. 

2. Frances, b. March 20, 1925. 

5. Roy, b. Feb. 5, 1904, Haldane, 111. ; m. Sept. 25, 1937, Margaret 
Armstrong, b. May 17, 1900, at Chicago, 111. Occupation: tractor 
operator. Present address : Gordon, Nebr. 

6. Ross, b. Feb. 8, 1910, at Myrtle, 111.; m. March 14, 1935, at 
Gordon, 111., Ruth Parker, b. April 11, 1912, at Gordon, Nebr. Mem- 
bers of the Presbyterian Church. Occupation : painter. Present ad- 
dress : Gordon, Nebr. Issue : two children. 

1. Kay Ruth, b. March 29, 1936. 

2. Lu Anne, b. June 29, 1938. 

3. David M. Holsinger, b. 1870 in 111. ; m. 1895, Eva Paul. Present 
address: Yucaipa, Calif. Issue: four children. 

1. Clifford, b. 1896; m. three times: first, Betty Zurman, deceased; 
second, Lissete Straub, deceased ; third, Bessie Day. Born to first 
union : one child, m. H. M. Campbell. To second union : two chil- 

1. Marshall. 

2. Mary. 

To the third union : one child. 

1. Harve. 

2. Tillie, b. 1898; d. in infancy. 

3. Paul, b. 1900; d. in infancy. 

4. Edith, b. 1906; unmarried; lives in Anaheim, Calif. 

4. Carrie Holsinger, b. Feb. 9, 1872, in Nebr.; m. May 30, 1891, 
at Oregon, 111., to Samuel Harr, b. Feb. 16, 1868, at Warfordsburg, 
Pa. Occupation : farmer. Present address : Armstrong, la. Issue : 
four children. 

1. Orville, b. June 6, 1892; m. Ella Simmons. 


2. Norman, b. Sept. 5, 1893 ; m. Irene Scott. 

3. Harriet, b. Nov. 6, 1895. 

4. Robin, b. Feb. 5, 1902; m. Irene Dixon. 

5. Minnie Holsinger, b. May 16, 1874; d. May 22, 1922; m. twice, 
first to Abraham L. Holsinger, son of John R. and Barbara Shiffler 
Holsinger. She is buried in Riverview Cemetery, Algona, 111. Abra- 
ham Holsinger, b. at Mt. Morris, 111., in 1867; d. at Oakland, Calif., 
1938. He was an interior decorator. Issue: one child. 

1. Hazel Ann, b. June 23, 1895; m. Reatus Nauman. 
To the second union, which was to Fred Paul in Oct., 1899, were 
born two children. 

1. Glen, b. July 8, 1900. 

2. Cecil Mareta. 

6. Anita Holsinger, b. 1876. 

7. Charles Holsinger, b. 1880. 

8. Lloyd Holsinger, b. Oct. 7, 1884, Mt. Morris, 111. Member of 
the Church of the Brethren. Occupation: athletics director. He m. 
Dec. 31, 1907, at Mt. Morris, 111., Verna Paul, b. May 25, 1886, at 
Oregon, 111. Present address : Fairbault, Minn. Issue : three children. 

1. Judith, b. March 18, 1914, at Evanston, 111.; m. Earl Smith, 
Dec. 31, 1935. Members of Episcopalian Church. Occupation : in- 
dustrial engineer ; Ph.D. degree. Present address : 270 Convent Ave., 
New York, N. Y. Issue : two children. 

1. Stephamie Millicent, b. Sept. 27, 1936. 

2. Denis Griswald, b. April 7, 1939. 

7. Sarah Holsinger, daughter of David and Julianna Roudebush 
Holsinger, b. July 4, 1843; d. Nov. 16, 1915, at Plattsburg, Mo.; 
buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Plattsburg, Mo. ; member of the 
Brethren Church ; m. April 3, 1860, at Foreston, 111., to Samuel 
Shirk, b. Nov. 6, 1829, at Mifflin, Pa.; d. April 1, 1909, at Platts- 
burg, Mo. Address of family : Plattsburg, Mo. Issue : seven children. 

1. David H., b. May 2, 1861 ; m. Anna Ulfers, b. Jan. 21, 1861. 
Occupation : farmer. Present address : 514 S. El Paso, Colorado 
Springs, Colo. He is a member of the Brethren Church. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Sadie, b. July 9, 1887; m. Charles Edwards. Present address: 
Colorado Springs, Colo. Issue : five children. 

1. Thomas. 

2. Annie. 


3. Edward. 

4. Frank. 

5. Alice. 

2. Sylvia, b. June 1, 1891, Maryland Station, 111.; m. Nov. 4, 1922, 
to William Harrison ; b. Oct. 26, 1877, at Little Falls, Minn. Present 
address : Colorado Springs, Colo. 

3. Harvey, b. Feb. 22, 1894, at Polo, 111.; m. May 10, 1920, at 
Denver, Colo., to Naomi Millinger, b. July 9, 1895, at Hope, Kans. 
Present address : 422 Elm St., Inglewood, Calif. 

2. Twin sons, b. Aug. 20, 1863; d. Sept. 3 and 4, 1863. 

4. Elmer, b. March 12, 1865; d. June 3, 1929; buried in Colorado 
Springs, Colo.; m. Alice Ruthruff; d. 1937; buried at Colorado 
Springs, Colo. Issue : two children. 

1. Mabel, m. Hal Wilkins. 

2. Oscar, m. Irene Paul. 

5. Daniel A., b. Nov. 26, 1868, near Foreston, 111. Member of the 
Brethren Church. Occupation: farmer. He m. Feb. 27, 1901, at 
Plattsburg, Mo., Mary A. Goddard, b. Feb. 16, 1875, and d. Nov. 
7, 1933, near Polo, Mo.; buried in Long Creek Cemetery near Polo, 
Mo. Address: Polo, Mo. Issue: five children. 

1. Infant, d. 1902. 

2. Goddard Samuel, b. March 16, 1904; d. May 16, 1918. 

3. Amy Fern, b. June 21, 1906. 

4. Forest Alexander, b. May 24, 1910. 

5. Ross Harold, b. July 24, 1913; d. March 9, 1918. 

6. Oscar, b. June 13, 1871, at Foreston, 111.; m. Jan. 14, 1904, at 
St. Joseph, Mo., to Willie May Crow, b. Feb. 24, 1871, at Platts- 
burg, Mo. Occupation: farmer. Member of the Christian Church. 
Present address : Plattsburg, Mo. Issue : one child. 

1. Alta Mae, b. Feb. 4, 1905. 

7. B. Frank Shirk, b. Sept. 19, 1876; d. Jan. 1, 1931. Occupation: 
farmer. Member of Brethren Church. He m. Elizabeth Orr. Issue : 
three children. . -• . 

1. Pauline. 

2. Emerson, m. Lois EtisIow. 

3. Wendell, m, Laverne Clevenger. Issue: three children. 

1. Marion Louise. 

2. Samuel. • 


3. John Edward. 

The family of Sarah Holsinger Shirk moved from Illinois to 
Davenport, Nebr., in 1883. After three years in Nebraska the next 
move was to Herrington, Kansas, and then in 1896 to Plattsburg, 

Nancy, the sixth child of John and Elizabeth Mack Holsinger, 
was born on the Holsinger farm southwest of Bakers Summit, on 
Oct. 13, 1809. She died March 12, 1889. The only other record of 
her life available is that of the marriage to George Snyder. 

To Daniel Mack Holsinger, the seventh child of John and Eliza- 
beth Mack Holsinger, whose biography has been previously given, 
and Mary Ritz Holsinger were born eight children. The first 
child to this union was born May 26, 1833, near Martinsburg, Penn- 
sylvania. He was given the name of Henry Ritz Holsinger. 


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1. Henry Holsinger was united in marriage June 1, 1854, to 
Susannah Shoop, by Rev. Fitchner. She was born Jan. 26, 1834, at 
Martinsburg, Pennsylvania. She died April 12, 1917. The two 
are buried in the Berlin, Pennsylvania, Cemetery. The biography and 
history of Henry Holsinger are well known. He was a very bril- 
liant man, though perhaps somewhat impulsive. He united with the 
Clover Creek congregation in 1855. He was called to the ministry 
by this congregation in 1866, and was ordained through the laying 
on of hands, Oct. 1, 1890. Henry Holsinger was, as is well known, 
one of the printers of the earlier church. For a time Rev. J. A. Sell 
was associated witli him in the pioneering of the early printing days 
of his life. It was seen that the business would not support two 
families : so Sell left the firm. This was regretted by some. Mrs. 
Holsinger told Rev. Sell at a later date that "if you had stayed 
with him, there would have been no division." Henry Holsinger 
is the originator of that which is known today as the "Progressive 
Brethren Church." It is not the intention of the writer in this work 
even to attempt to go into the saddest years perhaps within the 
Dunker Church which was known and is still known as the years 
of the "Holsinger controversy." The late Elder J. P. Moore, a 
friend of the writer and one who was vitally interested in this pro- 
duction, has perhaps summed up the entire situation, through years 
of judgment mellowed by experience in his book Brethren Path- 
finder, where we refer you to the section entitled "Breaking with the 
Brotherhood." 1 After varied experiences in printing, and moving 
from place to place, we find the energetic Henry Holsinger in Chi- 
cago, 111. Here he prints a statement over his signature which he 
calls, "Anchored at Last." He states, "For several years I have had 
a desire to locate somewhere in the great west, and with that view 
have spent a considerable amount of money in traveling and explor- 
ing the country, having passed over portions of Indiana, Illinois, 
Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, and Nebraska. Having a partiality to 
the printing business, or something in the commercial line, I felt 
it necessary to live in some large town or city. So after mature 
deliberation I have finally decided upon this city, the great metrop- 
olis of the West and the business center of the prairie country, as 
the basis of my operations for the future, providential interference 
always excepted." This was in February 1876. He worked hard 

1. Some. Brethren Pathfinders, Rev. J. H. Moore. 


and in a letter yellowed with age we find him writing back to his 
old father, Daniel Mack Holsinger in Bedford County, Pennsyl- 
vania, April 13, 1876. The letterhead also indicates that he had 
branched out into the commission business, handling "consignments 
of butter, eggs, poultry, fruit and all kinds of country produce." 
The letter written from 192 South Water Street, Chicago, Illinois, 
follows : 

Dear Father: 

I received the answer to your letter, & was pleased to hear from 
you once again. Since I wrote to you I was quite sick for about a 
week. I am now pretty well, & am working very hard. I am fore- 

Henry Holsinger' s first press 

man in the Christian Cynosure office. I get $15.00 a week. I have 
other parties attend to my Commission business. Lottie & Susan are 
here too now, & we are living pretty nicely & like it very well. Susan 
has written you a letter and Lottie says give grandmother & grand- 
pap my love. Annie is still back at Berlin. Was a letter from her 
today. She is well. I am kept very busy. I must be at my business 
place by 7 o'clock, and it takes me 35 minutes to ride down on the 
street cars. Then I don't get home until 7 in the evenings. Then 
'till I get supper, and attend to my correspondence, it always gets 
to be 10 to 11 o'clock. I would get along pretty well, only I am 
troubled with costiveness. Sitting in the cars right after breakfast 
don't suit me. Had a letter from Enoch Eby today, & one from 
Isaac Price yesterday. I am still remembered. 


My love to Hannah & George. Think that George might write to 
me. I will write to Hannah next time. Hope you will write to us 
again. As I still like to keep track of you, 

Truly your unworthy son, 
Please address me, Henky. 

619 Indiana St. 
Which is our residence. 

Referring back to the days in 1870 when Henry Holsinger was 
publishing the Christian Family Companion, he has this to say in 
regard to the return of a young man who had previously assisted 
him in the office work. "We are under obligations to brother James 
A. Sell, for office assistance, during the past month. Having been 
a year and three months in the office some time ago, he soon had 
his 'hand in,' and we got along through the busy season without 
once becoming 'fidgety.' Brother Sell had intended spending this 
time, or part of it at least, in visiting among his friends. This is 
what we call sacrificing one's own pleasure to help another. We 
regret that on account of declining health he could not have re- 
mained with us a few months longer. He left us on the 13th inst. 
for a visit among his kinsmen and friends, in the Duncansville con- 
gregation, this county, and we hope he may be speedily restored." 
This is from the issue of Jan. 18, 1870, published at Tyrone, Penn- 

The later years of Henry Holsinger were perhaps years not 
overflowing with happiness. He was working hard upon his History 
of the Tunkers, and the Brethren Church," and his health, none too 
robust, was slowly failing. During the later years, he was afflicted 
in such a manner that at times he could not talk, but made himself 
understood by pointing to various printed words. Much of his book 
was dictated while he found it necessary to recline upon a couch. 
From California he went to Arizona, to spend some time with a 
daughter, then to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where, at the home of 
his daughter Annie, he died Sunday evening, March 12, 1905, just 
four years after this history was published. Funeral services were 
conducted by Rev. William S. Bell, then pastor of the Brethren 
Church in Johnstown. Burial was in the little city on top of the 
mountain, in Berlin, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. So he came 
back in death where perhaps one of his greatest struggles and trials 
in life had taken place. In this beautiful cemetery surrounded by 


mountain ridges, free from turbulent days, rest the bodies of Henry 
Holsinger and wife. The Ministerial Association of the Brethren 
Church erected over the graves of these two people a very beautiful 
monument as a testimony and mark of appreciation to the ones 
who have passed on. 

To Henry R. Holsinger and Susanna Holsinger were born two 

1. Annie E. Holsinger, b. March 18, 1855, Martinsburg, Pa.; m. 
Oct. 3, 1878, to Paul G. Nowag, b. in Breslau, Germany, July 15, 
1849, and d. Aug. 31, 1922; buried in the Berlin, Pa., Cemetery, where 
rest the bodies of Henry and Mrs. Holsinger. Issue : eight children. 

1. Henry Francis, b. July 2, 1879; d. Jan. 9, 1883. 

2. George Bernard, b. Sept. 2, 1880, at Berlin, Pa. ; m. Oct. 17, 
1905 Rilie Cober at Berlin, b. in Somerset Co., Pa., Jan. 27, 1879. 
He is a retired Baptist minister. Present address : 309 Montecito 
Way, San Diego, Calif. Issue : four children. 

1. Hazel Clio, b. May 27, 1907, at Greenwich, Conn. ; m. Robert 
Calderwood. Present address : Cardiff by the Sea, Calif. 

Tomb of Henry Holsinger and Mrs. Holsinger 


2. Ethel Lucile, b. Oct. 29, 1908, at Johnstown, Pa.; m. Homer 
Jenkins, b. Sept. 7, 1901, at Springfield, Md. Occupation: railroad 
telegrapher. Present address: Calipatria, Calif. Issue: one child. 

1. Carolyn Ethlyn, b. Nov. 26, 1937. 

3. Mary Kathryn, b. Dec. 10, 1910, at Johnstown, Pa. ; m. Eugene 
Nuchols, b. June 18, 1909, at Cleburne, Tex. Occupation : plumber. 
Present address : 12613 Long Beach Blvd., Lynwood, Calif. 

4. Ruth Cober, b. Feb. 5, 1914, at Nyack, N. Y. ; m. Thomas Fin- 
ley. Present address : 620 Margarita Ave., Coronado, Calif. 

3. Hugh Walter Nowag, b. Berlin, Pa., Aug. 29, 1882; m. April 
14, 1907, at Berlin, Nellie Virginia Hayes, b. Oct. 20, 1887, at Cone- 
maugh, Pa. He is a Brethren minister. Present address : 759 Grove 
Ave., Johnstown, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Hugh Walter, Jr., b. May 16, 1909; d. May 24, 1909. 

2. Betty Virginia, b. Dec. 1, 1910, at Johnstown, Pa. ; m. Aug. 18, 
1934, Bedford, Pa., to William Wayne Griffeth, b. Feb. 11, 1908, at 
Johnstown, Pa. He holds the degree of A.B. from University of 
Pennsylvania, and M.A. from Harvard and is an English teacher. 
Present address : Johnstown, Pa. 

3. Dorothy Rachel, b. Oct. 5, 1919. 

4. Clio Lottie, b. Dec. 18, 1884, Berlin, Pa. ; m. William McTavish 
Jan. 10, 1919, b. Nov. 9, 1889, at Berlin, Pa. He is an evangelist for 
the Christian Missionary Alliance. Issue : one child. 

1. Annie Elizabeth, b. May 13, 1927. 

5. Ralph Eugene, b. Dec. 18, 1886; d. Aug. 31, 1889. 

6. Edgar Albert, b. Oct. 21, 1889. 

7. Taresa Marie, 1). Sept. 11, 1895, at Berlin, Pa.; d. Jan. 26, 1926; 
buried in Berlin Cemetery ; m. Harry S. Replogle. 

8. Allegra D., b. Oct. 3, 1898, at Berlin, Pa.; d. 1926; m. July 27, 
1919, to Gilbert Johns, b. Feb. 3, at Seward, Pa. Occupation : pre- 
scription druggist. Issue: two children. 

1. Harry, b. Dec. 5, 1920 (adopted). 

2. Polly, b. June 6, 1923. 

2. Charlotte Temple Holsinger, daughter of Henry and Susannah 
Holsinger, was born Feb. 23, 1862, at Clover Creek, Pa. ; m. March 
4, 1859, to Samuel Joseph Holsinger, son of Joseph and Mary Ann 
Peebles Holsinger. He was born March 4, 1859, at Libertyville, 
Iowa; d. Aug. 8, 1911, at Canyon Diablo, Ariz.; buried at Sacra- 
mento, Calif. He was a lawyer, farmer, miner and U. S. forester. 


He had charge of exploration work for Meteoric Mine, Arizona, 
for ten years. Issue : four children. 

1. Hermena Marie, b. June 23, 1888, at Ontario, Calif.; m. May 
1, 1912, at Phoenix, Ariz., to Carl M. Sargent, b. Sept. 23, 1883, at 
Taylor Falls, Minn. Occupation: bank employee. Present address: 
Phoenix, R. 6, Ariz. Issue : three children. 

1. Myron Jay, b. Feb. 28, 1913. 

2. William Paul, b. July 8, 1914. 

3. Elbert Ritz, b. Oct. 17, 1915. 

2. Henry Ritz, b. June 15, 1889, in Amador Co., Calif.; m. Aug. 
1, 1917, to Genevieve Carle, b. Aug. 4, 1896, at Santa Paula, Calif. 
Occupation : attorney. Present address : 529 Cambridge St., Sacra- 
mento, Calif. Issue: four children. 

1. Henry Richard, b. Jan. 29, 1920. 

2. Robert Garland, b. Oct. 14, 1921. 

3. Dorothy Patricia, b. Jan. 12, 1925. 

4. Samuel Joseph, b. Nov. 25, 1929. 

3. Paul Harold, b. April 29. 1894, Michigan Bar, Calif.; m. May 
4, 1920, at Oakland, Calif., Elsie Dingley, b. Sept. 29, 1896, Fruitvale, 
Calif. Occupation : nondenominational minister. Present address : 
Escalon, R. 2, Calif. Issue: five children. 

1. Paul Harold, b. Aug. 14, 1921. 

2. Charles Dingley, b. March 8, 1924. 

3. Laura Elizabeth, b. Jan. 31, 1930. 

4. David Newton, b. Feb. 19, 1934. 

5. Anna Dorothy, b. Feb. 5, 1935. 

4. Samuel Joseph, b. Jan. 17, 1896, at Michigan Bar, Calif.; m. 
Aug. 1, 1917, to Louise Carle, b. Feb. 15, 1895, at Santa Paula, Calif. 
Occupation : agricultural specialist ; nondenominational minister. 
Present address: Sacramento, R. 5, Calif. Issue: four children. 

1. Charlotte Louise, b. May 21, 1918. at Sacramento, Calif.; m. 
at Sacramento, Calif., Nov. 7, 1936, to Wayne Phelps, b. July 25, 
1913, at Las Cruces, N. Mex. Occupation : agricultural engineer. 
Present address: Escalon, Calif. 

2. Margaret Lucille, b. March 13, 1920. 

3. Evelyn Jeannette, b. May 5, 1922. 

4. Pauline, b. Jan. 6, 1924. 

2. Elizabeth Holsinger, second child of Daniel Mack and Mary 
Ritz Holsinger, was born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 8, 1835. She died 


Sept. 21, 1912, at Henrietta, Pennsylvania, and is buried in the 
Brumbaugh Cemetery at Clover Creek. She was married to Robert 
Riley, who was born in England, March 24, 1825. He died Jan. 28, 
1913, at Clover Creek, Pennsylvania, and is buried in the Clover 
Creek Cemetery. He was by occupation, a farmer. They were 
members of the Church of the Brethren. Issue: eight children. 

1. Mary, b. near Fredericksburg, Pa.; d. Dec. 3, 

1937, at Markleysburg, Pa. ; buried in Brethren Cemetery, Fredericks- 
burg, Pa. ; m. in Fredericksburg to George Beach, b. in Blair Coun- 
ty ; d. Dec. 29, 1928, near Henrietta and is buried in Brethren Ceme- 
tery at Fredericksburg. They were members of the Church of the 
Brethren. Occupation: farmer. Issue: none. 

2. Hannah, b. at Clover Creek, Pa. ; d. March 25, 

1910, at East Sharpsburg, Pa.; buried in Spring Hope Cemetery, 
Martinsburg, Pa.; m. March 19, 1878, at Clover Creek, Pa., to John 
B. Camerer, b. Sept. 31, 1848, at Altoona, Pa.; d. Dec. 31, 1926, at 
Hast Shippensburg, Pa.; buried in Spring Hope Cemetery, Martins- 
burg, Pa. Occupation: plasterer. Members of Church of Brethren. 
Issue: seven children. 

1. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 1878; d. 1892. 

2. William, b. Aug. 24, 1880; m. Amanda Smith, Aug. 25. 1906, 
Steubenville, Ohio. Occupation : contracting plasterer. Present ad- 
dress : Williamsburg, iPa. 

3. Maria, b. Oct. 24, 1883, at Martinsburg, Pa.; m. first, to Elmer 
Shaffer. To this union were born two children : 

1. Howard, b. April 23, 1904, at Rudolph, Ohio; m. Xov. 5. 1921. 
at Hinsdale, N. Y., to Margaret Ferguson, b. March 21. 1903. 
Present address: Dansville, X. Y. Issue: one child. 

1. William, b. June 7, 1931 ; d. April 26, 1937. 

2. Ruth, b. Aug. 24, 1905; m. Arthur McClay. Present address: 
Belmont, N. Y. 

Maria Camerer Shaffer, m. second, Harry Brainard, Sept. 7, 1921. 
Elmer Shaffer died in 1916 and is buried at Roaring Spring, Pa. 
Present address of family : Friendship, R. D., N. Y. 

4. Archibald, b. April 12, 1885, at Martinsburg, Pa.; m. Sept. 
28. 1904, at Martinsburg, Pa., to Verna Irene Bowser, b. June 19, 
1884. at Henrietta, Pa. Members of the Church of God. Occupa- 


tion : plasterer. Present address : 435 Walnut St., Roaring Spring, 
Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. J. Lewis, b. April 18, 1905, at Henrietta, Pa.; m. May 6, 1936, 
at Martinsburg, Pa., Ada Wysong, b. Dec. 6, 1901, at Pavia, Pa. 
Occupation : plasterer. Present address : Roaring Spring, R. D., Pa. 

2. Ruth A., b. March 7, 1907, at Henrietta, Pa.; m. in Cumber- 
land, Md., 1927 to John Teeter, b. April 24, 1908, at Waterside, Pa. 
Employed at the Altoona car shops. Members of Church of God. 
Present address : 719 Walnut St., Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue : one 

1. Joyce Elaine, b. Sept. 22, 1931. 

3. M. Blanche, b. Sept. 26, 1909; m. Ray Albright. Present ad- 
dress : Roaring Spring, Pa. 

4. Paul B., b. Feb. 2, 1910, Henrietta, Pa. ; m. July 29, 1929, at 
Cumberland, to Mary Shoenfelt, b. June 14, 1912, at McKee, Pa. 
Members of the Church of God. Present address : 713 Walnut St., 
Roaring Spring, Pa. 

5. Mary, b. April 9, 1889, at Martinsburg, Pa. ; m. Aug. 16, 1906, 
at East Sharpsburg, Pa., to Evington Stewart, b. Dec. 31, 1887, 
at East Sharpsburg, Pa. Occupation : paper maker. Present address : 
Roaring Spring, Pa. Members of Church of God. Issue : two chil- 

1. Thelma, b. May 6, 1909. 

2. Dean, b. Aug. 12, 1910. 

6. Ruth, b. Oct. 4, 1891, at Martinsburg, Pa.; m. Nov. 11, 1908, at 
Sharpsburg, Pa., to Earl Shoenfelt, b. Feb. 17, 1887, at Roaring 
Spring, Pa. Members of the Reformed Church. Occupation : teach- 
er and plasterer. Present address : Roaring Spring, R. D., Pa. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Ivan Chester, b. April 30, 1909. 

2. Helen Elizabeth, b. Nov. 23, 1912; m. Harold Nickum. Present 
address: Roaring Spring, R. D., Pa. 

7. Bessie, b. April 21, 1896; m. Dec. 23, 1915, at Cumberland, Md., 
to Charles Thomas, b. March 26, 1889, at Queen, Pa. Members of 
the Reformed Church. Occupation : laborer. Present address : Roar- 
ing Spring, R. D., Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. John U., b. July 20, 1917. 

3. Daniel, b. April 7, 1860, at Fredericksburg, Pa.; d. Dec. 19, 
1931, at the Roaring Spring, Pa., Hospital ; buried in the Brumbaugh 


Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Pa.; m. Sept. 1, 1877, at Martinsburg, 
Elizabeth Chamberlain, b. April 14, 1861, in Blair Co., Pa.; d. Feb. 
8, 1921, at Fredericksburg, Pa. Members of Brethren Church. Issue : 
three children. 

1. Jennie, b. March 5, 1878, at Martinsburg, Pa. Member of the 
Brethren Church ; m. Dec. 30, 1897, at Martinsburg, Pa., to William 
Fouse, b. Sept. 23, 1868, at Clover Creek, Pa. Present address : Sax- 
ton, Pa. Issue : six children. 

1. Lester, b. Jan. 11, 1899, Clover Creek, Pa.; April 30, 1919, m. 
Emma Dickinson, b. July 4, 1899, at Saxton, (Pa. Occupation : ma- 
chinist. Present address: Saxton, R. D., Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. Madeline, b. Oct. 17, 1919. 

2. Elva, b. June 25, 1922. 

2. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 26, 1900; d. Aug. 31, 1928. 

3. Carl, b. March 22, 1903; m. Dec. 31, 1927, at Altoona, Pa., to 
Alma Troutman, b. Dec. 25, 1902, in Hopewell Township, Pa. Mem- 
bers of M. E. Church. Present address: Saxton, Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Dale Oscar, b. Oct. 11, 1928. 

4. Florence, m. a Hoffman. Present address : Hopewell, R. D., Pa. 

5. Mary, b. May 20, 1914, at Saxton, Pa. ; m. Raymond Hazzard, 
b. July 30, 1913, Williamsburg, Pa. Member of Brethren Church. 
Present address: Saxton, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. William Elsworth, b. July 4, 1934. 

2. Robert Lorraine, b. Feb. 16, 1936. 

3. Raymond Eugene, b. March 6, 1938. 

6. William, b. Aug. 19, 1922. 

2. Flora, b. Nov. 24, 1884; m. William Perrin. Members of 
Church of the Brethren. Present address : Saxton, R. D., Pa. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Mareta, b. Sept. 9, 1909; m. June 16, 1928, at Cumberland, Md., 
Willia Clawson, b. Dec. 25, 1907, at Saxton, Pa. Members of Breth- 
ren Church. Present address : Alexandria, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. William Robert, b. Dec. 13, 1928. 

2. Betsy Ann, b. June 30, 1932. 

2. Clifford, b. Jan. 3, 1913 ; m. Louella O'Neal. 

3. Anna Mary, b. March 3, 1888; d. Feb. 24, 1935, at Martinsburg. 
Pa. ; buried in Spring Hope Cemetery at Martinsburg, Pa. ; m. Sept. 
18, 1912, at Ore Hill, Pa., to David Miller, b. April 23, 1887, at 


Spring Hope, Pa. Members of Brethren in Christ. Occupation : 
carpenter. Present address : Martinsburg, R. D., Pa. Issue : five 

1. Paul, b. May 1, 1913, at Martinsburg, Pa.; m. May 9, 1931, at 
Jamestown, X. Y., to Grace Kensinger, b. Sept. 9, 1905, at Hen- 
rietta, Pa. Occupation: electrician and trucker. Present address: 
Martinsburg, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Marilyn Jane, b. Jan. 9, 1932. 

2. Dick Wade, b. Sept. 25, 1936. 

2. Naomi, b. Dec. 31, 1915; m. Nov. 15, 1932, at Martinsburg, Pa., 
to James Carper, b. Nov. 11, 1911, at Woodbury, Pa. Members of 
Brethren in Christ Church. Occupation : sawmiller. Present ad- 
dress : Woodbury, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Peggy Joan, b. Sept. 17, 1936. 

3. Mary, b. Feb. 9, 1919; unmarried. 

4. Martha, b. March 2, 1921 ; d. same day. 

5. Ruth M., b. Dec. 1, 1922; unmarried. 

4. William, b. May 29, 1863, son of Robert Riley and Elizabeth 
Holsinger Riley; m. at Clover Creek, Pa., April 1, 1883, to Lydia 
Loose, b. March 2, 1861, at Martinsburg, Pa. Members of Church 
of God. Present address : 317 Cherry St., Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue : 
eleven children. 

1. David, b. Nov. 15, 1883, at Henrietta, Pa. ; m. Dec. 5, 1907, at 
Roaring Spring, Pa., to Myrtle Shiffler, b. Dec. 13, 1885, at Wood- 
bury, Pa. Occupation: sheet metal worker. Members of Church of 
God. Present address : 508 Logan Ave., Lakemont, Pa. Issue : five 

1. Clarence Elmer, b. Aug. 4, 1909. 

2. Hazel Marie, b. May 24, 1912, at Lakemont, Pa. ; ra, Aug. 27, 
1932, at Lakemont, Pa., Elsworth McClasky, b. July 13, 1912, at 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. Occupation : mechanical draftsman. He is a 
member of the Catholic Church ; she, the Church of God. Present 
address : 3430 N. 22 St., Philadelphia, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Dona Fay, b. Feb. 24, 1935. 

3. Barbara Lydia, b. April 29, 1914; m. William Smith. Present 
address : 1918 eighth street, Altoona, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. William Charles, b. Nov. 29, 1937. 

4. John, b. March 17, 1916. 

5. Jacob Robert, b. Dec. 12, 1918. 


2. Ella, b. May 1, 1886; m. Oct. 19, 1905, to F. L. Ayers. Present 
address : Roaring Spring, Pa. 

3. J. H., b. Feb. 4, 1888, at Henrietta, Pa.; m. Nov. 15, 1911, at 
Martinsburg, Bertha Thomas, b. Oct. 7, 1891, at Breezewood, Pa. 
Occupation : machinist for Pennsylvania Railroad Co. Members of 
Church of God. Present address : 519 New St., Roaring Spring, Pa. 

4. Mary Elizabeth, b. Aug. 31, 1890, at Henrietta, Pa. ; m. Aug. 
24, 1910, at Martinsburg, Pa., to Dean Ayers, b. Jan. 31, 1890, at 
Sharpsburg, Pa. Members of Reformed Church. Present address : 
Martinsburg, R. D., Pa. Issue: twelve children. 

1. David Elwood, b. Dec. 16, 1910; m. Feb. 12, 1931, at Wood- 
bury, Pa., Thelma Beach, b. May 12, 1912, at Henrietta, Pa. Occu- 
pation: clerk. He is a member of the Reformed Church; she, a 
member of the Brethren Church. Present address: Martinsburg, 
R. D., Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Betty Arlene, b. July 9, 1931. 

2. Ronald Kay, b. March 13, 1933. 

2. George Irvin, b. Aug. 23, 1912, at Henrietta, Pa.; m. June 27, 
1936, Ethel Glass, b. June 4, 1913, at Henrietta, Pa. Occupation: 
timekeeper. Members of Reformed Church. Present address: Mar- 
tinsburg, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Mary Lou, b. Jan. 11, 1938. 

3. Clifford Glen, b. June 22, 1914. 

4. Mildred Pearl, 1). July 27, 1915, at Henrietta, Pa. On March 
29, 1936, at Loysburg, Pa., m. Paul Horner, b. Dec. 21, 1914. at 
Wolfsburg, Pa. Occupation: farmer. Present address: Woodbury, 
Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Paul E., b. April 15, 1937. 

5. Gerald Dean, b. Sept. 10, 1917; d. Dec. 3, 1920. 

6. Melda Rose, b. Oct. 29, 1920. 

7. June Fay, b. June 8, 1923. 

8. Donald William, b. April 24, 1925. 

9. John Richard, b. Oct. 18, 1927. 

10. Dean Riley, b. July 25, 1929. 

11. Robert Eugene, b. Aug. 29, 1931. 

12. Lydia Mae, b. April 16, 1934. 

5. Barbara Ann, b. Dec. 24, 1893, at Henrietta, Pa.; m. Jan. 1, 
1914, at Martinsburg, Pa., to Martin Hartman, b. March 24, 1892, 


at Woodbury, Pa. Members of Reformed Church. Occupation : 
machinist. Present address: Martinsburg, Pa. Issue: four children. 

1. Homer Roy, b. June 27, 1914. 

2. Alma Virginia, b. July 10, 1920. 

3. Helen Rose, b. April 11, 1923. 

4. Mary Louise, b. Aug. 8, 1925. 

6. Bertha M., b. Oct. 1, 1895, at Henrietta, Pa. ; m. Oct. 4, 1916, 
at Martinsburg, Pa., to B. F. Ketner, b. Aug. 6, 1893, at Altoona, 
Pa. Occupation : P.R.R. clerk. Present address : Roaring Spring, 
Pa. Issue : five children. 

1. Martha Naomi, b. April 16, 1917, at Roaring Spring, Pa.; m. 
Dec. 31, 1936, at Cumberland, Md., to David Detwiler, b. Oct. 15, 
1905, at Altoona, Pa. Member of Church of Brethren. Occupation : 
merchant. Present address : Martinsburg, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Donna Lee, b. Aug. 27, 1937. 

2. Lemora Jane, b. Oct. 28, 1939. 

2. William Harry, b. Sept. 22, 1918; m. Ruth Wolf. Present ad- 
dress : Washington, D. C. 

3. Wilbert Lloyd, b. March 29, 1922. 

4. Doris Eileen, b. Oct. 4, 1924. 

5. June Iva, b. June 14, 1929. 

7. Robert, b. March 24, 1897, at Henrietta, Pa. ; m. Aug. 14, 1919, 
at Roaring Spring, Pa., Helen Kagarise, b. April 27, 1902, at Roar- 
ing Spring, Pa. Present address : 304 Cherry St., Roaring Spring, 
Pa. Issue : five children. 

1. Gertrude, b. Nov. 27, 1920. 

2. Lois, b. July 17, 1922. 

3. Howard, b. Dec. 9, 1926. 

4. Neva Anne, b. Feb. 27, 1929. 

5. Neal, b. Jan. 3, 1934. 

8. Fannie M., b. Aug. 19, 1900; m. Nov. 14, 1918, at Cumberland, 
Md., to John C. Kensinger, b. at Henrietta, Pa., Dec. 6, 1897. Mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church. Present address: Martinsburg, R. D., 
Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. John J., b. June 19, 1919. 

2. Eleanor, b. June 12, 1921. 

3. Dale Riley, b. Dec. 5, 1935. 

9. Carrie M., b. March 16, 1902; d. June 21, 1903. 

10. Elvin, b. March 9, 1903. 



11. William, b. Feb. 27, 1906; m. May 12, 1926, at Roaring Spring, 
Pa., Helen Colbert, b. July 21, 1909, at Martinsburg, Pa. She is a 
member of the Brethren Church ; he, a member of the Church of 
God. Present address: Hollidaysburg, R. D., Pa. Issue: seven chil- 

1. William, b. Feb. 2, 1927. 

2. Jeanne, b. April 5, 1928. 

3. Robert, b. Aug. 19, 1930. 

4. Max, b. Aug. 15, 1932. 

5. Dean, b. March 13, 1934. 

6. Mary Jane, b. Sept. 11, 1935. 

7. Kent, b. Oct. 16, 1936. 

5. John Riley, b. May 27, 1866, at Fredericksburg, Pa. ; m. Jan. 
31, 1889, at Altoona, Pa., Anna Kyler, b. July 14, 1871, near Mark- 
leysburg, Pa. Members of Reformed Church. Occupation : laborer. 
Present address: James Creek, Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. J. Wilmer, b. Dec. 20, 1889; m. Ada Querry 1912, who d. April 
19, 1914; m. again, Nov. 2, 1929, Elva Whitfield. Issue: two children. 

1. John Thomas, b. Nov. 16, 1931. 

2. Eva May, b. June 19, 1936. 

2. Grace Elizabeth, b. Nov. 5, 1894; m. July 23, 1921, to Ralph 
Weller. Present address : Hesston, Pa. Issue : seven children. 

1. John William, b. Nov. 5, 1921. 

2. Robert Edward, b. March 20, 1924. 

3. Max Riley, b. June 10, 1926. 

4. Betty May, b. Jan. 29, 1928. ' 

5. Isabel Marie, b. Dec. 11, 1929. 

6. Paul Donald, b. Aug. 2, 1932; d. Aug. 1933. 

7. Anna Ruth, b. Sept. 10, 1934. 

6. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 17, 1869. 

7. Edward, b. Jan. 20, 1873, at Clover Creek, Pa. ; d. Sept. 22, 
1940. Occupation: plasterer. Member of the Methodist Church. 
He married at Martinsburg, Pa., Mary Lavade Valance on March 
3, 1892, b. at Martinsburg, Pa., 1874. Issue to this union : nine chil- 

1. Minnie, b. Feb. 12, 1893; m. Willard Albright. Present address: 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

2. Emma, b. Feb. 9, 1896; m. at Huntingdon, Pa., to Arthur Banks, 


b. Dec. 9, 1885. Occupation: lumberman. Present address: Mill 
Creek, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Elwood Roy, b. April 25, 1916. 

2. George Irvin, b. April 28, 1918. 

3. Donna Grace, b. July 10, 1920. 

3. Malinda, b. July 14, 1898; m. Oct. 7, 1915, at Cumberland, Md., 
to Harry Form wait, b. July 7, 1894. Present address: East Freedom, 
Pa. Occupation : P.R.R. car inspector. Member of Lutheran Church. 
Issue : six children. 

1. Dean, b. Oct. 27, 1916; m. Dec. 25, 1937, at Claysburg, Pa., to 
Pearl Black, b. May 29, 1918, at Queen, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Sarah Ellen, b. Jan. 21, 1939; d. Dec. 7, 1939. 

2. Jay, b. Feb. 28, 1918. 

3. Betty, b. Aug. 27, 1920. 

4. Harry, b. Jan. 20, 1924. 

5. Virginia, b. Aug. 9, 1926. 

6. Eugene, b. July 12, 1932. 

4. Robert, b. Sept. 4, 1901 ; m. Mary Garner. Present address : 
Hesston, Pa. 

5. Elsie, b. , m. June 18, 1921, at Cumberland, Md., 

to John Isett, b. Oct. 20, 1902, at Huntingdon, Pa. Occupation: 
carpenter and cement finisher. Members of Lutheran Church. 
Present address : Markleysburg, Pa. Issue : seven children. 

1. John Melvin, b. Feb. 1, 1922. 

2. Donald Guy, b. Jan. 29, 1925. 

3. Marion Adaline, b.' Jan. 1, 1927. 

4. Gladys Jean, b. Jan. 17, 1929. 

5. Arthur Dean, b. May 12, 1931. 

6. Patricia Ann, b. Feb. 18, 1936. 

7. George Carl, b. July 12, 1939. 

6. Bessie, b. , m. Dec. 11, 1923, to Charles Thompson, 

b. July 17, 1901, at Altoona, Pa. Present address : Hesston, Pa. Issue : 
four children. 

1. Charles Edward, b. April 30, 1924. 

2. Vanetta June, b. June 20, 1925 ; d. Jan. 12, 1927. 

3. George Robert, b. April 2, 1928. 

4. Dolly Marie, b. April 17, 1933. 

7. Leroy, b. Feb. 5, 1910; m. Seba Jenkins. Present address: Hunt- 
ingdon, Pa. 


8. John, b. March 21, 1913. 

9. Alfred, b. Sept. 16, 1915; in. Thelma Brindle. Present ad- 
dress : Aitch, Pa. 

8. Margaret, b. Oct. 11, 1876, at Rebecca Furnace, Pa.; m. Dec. 
30, 1894, at Clover Creek, Pa., to Harvey Soyster, b. July 22, 1870, 
at Cherry Tree, Kans. ; d. at Roaring Spring, Pa., Jan. 15, 1935; 
■buried at Nicodemus Cemetery, Henrietta, Pa. Members of Breth- 
ren Church. Present address : Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue : eight 

1. Mary V., b. Nov. 18, 1895 ; m. Oct. 15, 1921, at Williamsburg. 
Pa., to John W. Covert, b. Jan. 26, 1888. Employed by the Pennsyl- 
vania Edison Co. Members of Brethren Church. Present address : 
Martinsburg, R. D., Pa. 

2. Erie F., b. July 2, 1897; member of Brethren Church; m. at 
Hollidaysburg, Pa., July 5, 1916, to Lewis A. George. Present ad- 
dress: 1306 18th St., Altoona, Pa. Issue: 

1. Merle, b. Nov. 4, 1916; m. Miriam Glass. Present address: 207 
Lakemont, Pa. 

3. Leda M., b. Feb. 11, 1899; m. at Cumberland, Md., April 29, 
1915, to Joseph G. Dick, b. at Ore Hill, Pa., April 12, 1896. Mem- 
bers First Brethren Church. Present address : 716 Locust St., Roar- 
ing Spring, Pa. Issue: six children. 

1. Gerald, b. Oct. 31, 1915. 

2. Donald S., b. Aug. 29, 1918. 

3. Ruby M., b. Feb. 19, 1921. 

4. Joseph, Jr., b. Sept. 3, 1927. 

5. Mary Jane, b. April 29, 1931. 

6. Galen Roger, b. April 15, 1936. 

4. Walter, b. Oct. 17, 1900; d. March 8, 1908. 

5. Grace A., b. May 23, 1902; member of Brethren Church; m. 
April 12, 1924, to Willard Cree, b. Nov. 29, 1902 at Roaring Spring, 
Pa. Present address : Roaring Spring, Pa. 

6. John, b. July 14, 1907; m. at Cumberland, Md., Dec. 22, 1935, 
to Bertha Peterson, b. Dec. 2, 1912, at Reese, Pa. Member of Breth- 
ren Church. Present address: Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. John Allen, b. Dec. 12, 1936. 

7. William A., b. June 15, 1910; m, at Cumberland, Md., to Vivian 
Bunn, 1). at Evendale, Pa., Feb. 1, 1912. Members of Lutheran 


Church. Occupation : truck driver. Present address : 324 East Logan 
Ave., Altoona, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Doliris. 

2. Wesley. 

3. Mona Lou. 

8. Russel, b. June 30, 1916. 

3. The third child of Daniel Mack and Mary Ritz Holsinger was 
born at Clover Creek, Pennsylvania, and was given the name of 
Hannah. She was born November 8, 1837. She died May IS, 1905, 
and is buried in the Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania Cemetery. On 
April 13, 1856, she was united in marriage to John D. Brumbaugh, 
the son of George and Elizabeth Daugherty Brumbaugh. He was 
born January 24, 1835, at Clover Creek, Pennsylvania, and died 
June 13, 1872. They were members of the Church of the Brethren. 
Later his widow married Samuel Garber. To the union of John D. 

Hannah Holsinger Brumbaugh 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Holsinger 


Brumbaugh and Hannah Holsinger Brumbaugh were born eight 

1. Rebecca, b. June 12, 1857; d. April IS, 1858. 

2. Daniel, b. Oct. 2, 1858; d. April 25, 1862. 

3. Catherine, b. Sept. 14, 1860; d. March 10, 1874. 

4. Henry Holsinger Brumbaugh, b. Oct. 4, 1862, at Clover Creek, 
Pa. ; m. Oct. 4, 1892, Emma Mohr, daughter of John Mohr and 
Nancy Pote Mohr. She was born May 8. 1869, at Bakers Summit, 
Pa. It will be readily discerned that he was named after his very 
active uncle, Henry Holsinger. He availed himself of the educa- 
tional advantages of his day, studied in Juniata College and various 
normal schools. Like his forebears he is a member of the Church 
of the Brethren. The Raven Run congregation called him to the 
ministry May 23, 1903. He was ordained Feb. 18, 1917. He has 
been very active in the work of the Church. He taught school for 
a number of years and retired from the schoolroom in 1932. He 
and his wife are enjoying the sundown years in their modest home 
at Uakers Summit, Pa., where his forefathers settled. His health, 
never robust from young manhood, is not of the best. He has ren- 
dered valuable aid to the writer in this production, through mem- 
ories, the loaning of valuable letters, photographs, and other ways. 
To the union of Henry Holsinger Brumbaugh and Emma Mohr 
Brumbaugh were born four children. 

1. Ralph Waldo, b. June 10, 1894; d. Jan. 23, 1895. 

2. John Willard, b. Feb. 18, 1896, at Roaring Spring, Pa.; m. 
Jan. 20, 1917, to Ada Jeannette Foor, b. Feb. 3, 1900. Members of 
the Church of the Brethren. He was called to the office of deacon 
and later called to the ministry. He is employed by the Bethlehem 
Steel Co., and resides at Conemaugh, R. 1, Pa. Issue: six children. 

1. Claude Elmer, b. Sept. 11, 1917. 

2. Freda Imojene, b. Aug. 8, 1920. 

3. Norman Holsinger, b. June 9, 1924. 

4. Mary Ada, b. Sept. 19, 1926. 

5. Ruby Catherine, b. May 12, 1928. 

6. John Willard, b. Jan. 29, 1932. 

3. Cyrus, b. Aug. 14, 1900; d. April 9, 1902. 

4. Charles Elmer, b. May 5, 1903, at Defiance, Pa. ; m. Dec. 26, 
1928, to Lennis Hinkle, daughter of Samuel and Mary Pote Hinkle 


of Bakers Summit, b. Aug. 9, 1893. Present address : Central City, 
Pa. Occupation : mortician. Issue : one child. 

1. Charles Elmer, b. Dec. 6, 1929. 

5. Josiah Holsinger Brumbaugh, b. June 23, 1864, at Clover Creek, 
Pa. ; d. Nov. 2, 1935, at Ridgely, Md. ; buried in Fairview Cemetery 
at Cordova, Md. ; m. Sept. 13, 1885, to Catherine Gochnour, b. in 
1878 at King, Pa.; d. in 1905 in a Baltimore Hospital; buried in the 
Reformed cemetery at Ridgely, Md. Members of the Church of 
the Brethren. He was a dealer in musical instruments. Issue : one 

1. Florence Emma, b. Sept. 15, 1886; m. June 19, 1907, at Ridgely, 
Md., to Jesse Lasier, b. at Baltimore, Md., Oct. 12, 1884. Present 
address: Preston, Md. Issue: three children. 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. March 17, 1908. 

2. Catherine Nora, b. Dec. 2, 1910; m. Oct. 1, 1929, at Denton, 
Md., to Earl Sard, b. Jan. 17, 1910, at Denton, Md. Occupation: 
painter. Present address : Preston, Md. Issue : five children. 

1. Jesse Earl, b. June 29, 1930. 

2. Lloyd Alvin, b. Aug. 20, 1931. 

3. Ronald, b. May 4, 1933. 

4. Evelyn, b. Aug. 11, 1935. 

5. William, b. Dec. 9, 1937. 

3. Ethel Virginia, b. Jan. 10, 1918. 

Josiah Holsinger Brumbaugh married Dec. 3, 1913, at Easton, 
Md., his second wife, Mattie M. Sanger, b. at Oak Hill, W. Va., in 
1885. Issue: one child. 

1. Mary, b. Aug. 29, 1914; a schoolteacher. 

6. Mary Ann Brumbaugh, b. Sept. 25, 1860; d. Feb. 23, 1875. 

7. Hannah, b. Aug. 21, 1868, at Clover Creek, ,Pa. ; Oct. 9, 1930, 
at Martinsburg, Pa., m. to Thomas Neal, b. Dec. 12, 1866, at New 
Enterprise, Pa. Present address : Martinsburg, R. D., Pa. 

8. Isaac H, b. Jan. 2, 1871 ; d. April 18, 1918, at Homestead, Pa. ; 
buried in the Holsinger Cemetery at Bakers Summit, Pa., June 24, 
1893; m. at Martinsburg, Pa., Ida C. Pote, b. Oct. 12, 1875, at 
Bakers Summit, Pa. Members of Church of the Brethren. Present 
address of family : Dingmans Ferry, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Mary Frances, b. Jan. 12, 1895, at Bakers Summit, Pa.; on 
June 29, 1912, at Wellsburg, W. Va., m. to Samuel G. Hoff, b. 
Nov. 9, 1890, at Reading, Pa. Members of the Lutheran church. 


Occupation : electrical engineer. Present address : 710 Springfield 
Ave., Baltimore, Md. Issue: one child. 

1. Ida Adile, b. May 13, 1913. 

2. Russcl Cromwell, b. July 8, 1896, at Bakers Summit. Pa.: 
married twice; first to Kathryn Howie, Nov. 19, 1919, at Wellsburg, 
W. Va. Issue : one child. 

1. Richard Isaac, b. Aug. 1, 1920. He married second time Oct. 
11, 1932, Emma Masini, b. Aug. 3, 1911, at Waterbury, Conn. Issue: 
one child. 

1. Robert Andrew, b. Aug. 31, 1933. 

3. Andrew Freeman, b. May 25, 1898; d. .May 22, 1900; buried in 
the Holsinger Cemetery; at Bakers Summit, Pa. 

4. The fourth child of Daniel Mack and Mary Ritz Holsinger was 
born on March 31, 1840, in Blair County, Pennsylvania, and given 
the name of Mary. She died December 8, 1919, in Juniata County. 
Pennsylvania, and is buried in Albright Cemetery near Roaring 
Spring, Pennsylvania. On April 9, 1868 at Eldorado, Pennsylvania, 
she married Daniel Stoner. He was born Oct. 6, 1828, at Smithburg, 
Maryland; died Jan. 27, 1906, at Ore Hill, Pennsylvania; buried in 
the Albright Cemetery near Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. Mem- 
bers of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation: carpenter. Issue: 
four children. 

1. Cyrus, b. April 30, 1869; m. Catherine Helsel. b. May 1, 1879. 
She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Present address: 
Roaring Spring, Pa. Issue : three children. 

1. Grace, b. June 18, 1908; m. Pel). 18. 1925, to Charles Johnson. 
Issue : six children. 

1. Zelda, b. April 23, 1925. 

2. Charles, b. July 13, 1926. 

3. Carmita. b. March 31, 1928. 

4. John, b. June 7, 1931. 

5. Lorena, b. March 11, 1933. 

6. Paul. b. June 1. 1937. 

2. Joseph, b. May 10, 1911; m. at Altoona, Pa., Dec. 15, 1939, 
Phyllis Jean Haldeman. Present address: 1918 9th St., Altoona, Pa. 

3. Mary, 1). Oct. 24, 1914; m. Nov. 5, 1933, to Ross Hoover. Issue: 
two children. 

1. Robert, b. Oct. 8, 1934. 


2. Paul, b. Dec. 1, 1937. 

2. Joseph H., b. May 17, 1871, at Altoona, Pa. ; m. April 7, 1909, 
at Altoona, Pa., Katherine M. Schomberg, b. Nov. 24, 1873, at Al- 
toona, Pa. Members of Church of the Brethren. Residence : Vista, 
Calif. Occupation: attorney. Issue: two children. 

1. Justus, b. June 21, 1910; m. Feb. 2, 1938, to Emma Corbell, b. 
at Russelville, Ark., June 10, 1911. Present address: Vista, Calif. 
Issue : one child. 

1. Richard John, b. Dec. 7, 1938. 

2. Joseph, b. Feb. 20, 1912; d. Feb. 29, 1912. 

3. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 24, 1874, at Duncansville, Pa. ; m. at Roaring 
Spring, Pa., Aug. 23, 1891, to George C. Gates, b. June 5, 1871, at 
Gatesburg, Pa. Members of Church of Brethren. Occupation : 
watchman. Present address: 2316 Juniata Gap Drive, Altoona, Pa. 
Issue: four children. 

1. Joseph, 1). Dec. 5, 1892; m. at Altoona. Pa . Sept. 15, 1922. to 
Vera Hengst. She was born at Roaring Spring, Pa., Sept. 13, 1903. 
Present address: 210 8th Ave., Juniata, Pa. Issue: five children. 

1. Marian, b. Feb. 14, 1925. 

2. Barbara, b. April 20, 1927. 

3. Stephen, b. Feb. 22, 1932. 

4. Joseph, b. Sept. 24, 1934; d. Oct. 4, 1934. 

5. Quentin, b. April 25, 1937. 

2. Clara Beatrice, b. Feb. 28, 1895, at Gatesburg, Center Co., Pa.; 
m. Ralph D. Carles, b. May 20, 1894, at Altoona. Members of the 
Brethren Church. Occupation : fireman on P.R.R. Present address : 
130 Wapsy Ave., Altoona, Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. Cleo, b. June 4, 1915; m. Robert Hoover. 

2. Edna, b. Jan. 1, 1917: 

3. Francis Edgar, b. Oct. 6, 1897; m. Sept. 11, 1923, at Turtle 
Creek, Pa., to Anna Towle, b. Nov. 19, 1895, at Coupon, Pa. Mem- 
bers of the United Brethren Church. Occupation : machinist. Present 
address : 226 E. 25th Ave., Altoona, Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Jack Calvin, b. Jan. 30, 1926. 

2. Dale, b. and d. Nov. 18, 1927. 

3. Gale, b. and d. Nov. 18, 1927. 


4. Ruth Carmen, b. Aug. 26, 1931. 

4. Bessie May, b. Feb. 19, 1900, at Altoona, Pa.; m. Aug. 30, 1922, 
at Juniata, Pa., to James Ingham, b. Jan. 13, 1897, at Coupon, Pa. 
Occupation : blacksmith. Members of Church of the Brethren. 
Present address: 2319 Juniata Gap Drive, Altoona, Pa. Issue: five 

1. Gladys, b. May 22, 1923. 

2. Adrian, b. May 17, 1925. 

3. Elvin, b. Dec. 22, 1929. 

4. Elsie, b. Dec. 22, 1929. 

5. Eddie, b. July 19, 1931. 

4. John Garfield Stoner, b. Jan. 5, 1882 ; unmarried. 

5. The fifth child of Daniel Mack and Mary Ritz Holsinger was 
born September 30, 1842, and was given the name of Ephraim. He 
was born in Pennsylvania. He died March 7, 1927, at Fort Collins, 
Colorado, and is buried in the Gilson Cemetery at Gilson, Illinois. He 
was by occupation, a printer. On December 27, 1863, he was married 
at Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, to Lavina Hays, who was born 
March IS, 1841, near Cumberland, Maryland. She died August 12, 
1904, at St. Louis, Missouri. She is buried in the Gilson, Illinois, 
Cemetery. Issue : nine children. 

1. Lillie, b. Feb. 6, 1865; d. Oct. 24, 1896; unmarried. 

2. Mary Alice, b. Sept. 27, 1867 ; m. Nov. 10. 1904, at Galesburg, 
111., Fred Cook, b. Feb. 30, 1857, in Switzerland ; d. April 15, 1914, 
in Knox Co. ; buried in the Cook Cemetery in the same county. Oc- 
cupation : farmer. Present address of family : Delong, 111. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Arnond W., b. April 8, 1905; m. Hazel Nolk. Residence: In- 
dianola, R. D., Iowa. 

2. Fred N., b. 1908. 

3. Harry Henry, b. Nov. 6, 1870; m. Amy Lew. Residence: De- 
long, R. D., 111. 

4. James Hays, b. Oct. 21, 1872, at Mt. Pleasant, Pa.; m. May 11, 
1915, at Ft. Collins, Colo., to Edith May Wilcoxon. Occupation : 
printer. Present address : Ft. Collins, Colo. Issue : four children. 

1. Paul, b. April 10, 1916; m. Fern Allard. Lives at Ft. Collins, 

2. Lloyd, b. Feb. 17, 1918. 


3. Floyd, b. Feb. 17, 1918. 

4. Vivian, b. Nov. 14, 1922. 

5. Maliah, b. Feb. 16, 1875 ; d. Feb. 6, 1876. 

6. Christopher, b. March 16, 1877 ; d. March 25, 1877. 

7. Anne Belle, b. April 2, 1878, at Martinsburg, Pa.; m. at St. 
Louis, Mo., Oct. 18, 1889, to Fred Smith. Occupation : brick worker. 
Present address: Indianola, Iowa. Issue: one child. 

1. Cleola, b. Aug. 22, 1890; m. Allen Hamilton. 

8. Jacob Wilson, b. Dec. 31, 1880, near Harrisburg, Pa.; m. Sept. 
3, 1903, at St. Louis, Mo., to Violet Hubbard, b. March 13, 1883, at 
St. Louis, Mo. Members of Methodist Church. Present address : 
2151, Granite City, 111. Occupation: real estate salesman. Issue: 
four children. 

1. Violet Hubbard, b. March 16, 1907; m. Aug. 25, 1932, to 
Harry E. Mueller. Present address : Belleville, 111. 

2. Wirt Wyckliff, b. Oct. 1, 1911, at Granite City, 111.; m. Aug. 
7, 1937, at Oklahoma City, Okla., Jaunita Preston, b. Sept. 2, 1912, 
at Illinois Bend, Tex. Connected with the agricultural department 
of the State of Arkansas. Members of the Methodist Church. Pres- 
ent address : 1616 West 14th St., Little Rock, Ark. 

3. Xorman Wilson, b. April 12, 1914. 

4. Corwin Bradshaw, b. Oct. 19, 1919; d. Sept. 30, 1930. 

9. Sally Hays, b. April 14, 1883, at Saxton, Pa. ; m. Aug. 13, 1904, 
at St. Louis, Mo., to John Greenlaw, b. Feb. 3, 1883, at Flora, 111. 

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Ephraim Holsinger Rebecca Holsinger 



Occupation: farmer. Present address: Indianola, Iowa. Issue: three 

1. James Paul, b. June 22, 1905, at Washington, Ind. Occupation: 
assistant rural sociologist. Present address : 428 Hayward, Ames, 
Iowa. m. Aug. 15, 1926, at Des Moines, Iowa, to Lena Fisher, b. 
June 12, 1908, at Des Moines, Iowa. Issue: four children. 

1. David Conrad, b. June 11, 1929; d. April 3, 1930. 

2. Phyllis Anne, b. Nov. 25, 1930. 

3. Phillip John, b. Nov. 21, 1931. 

4. Eloise Alice, b. Oct. 14, 1933. 

2. Helen Elizabeth, b. May 9, 1909; m. Albert Hinrichs. Present 
address : 1615 Seventh St., Des Moines, Iowa. 

3. Jessie Margerite, b. Dec. 18, 1911, at Flora, 111.; m. July 28, 
1929, at Colfax, Iowa, Clifford Hardin, b. Dec. 30, 1908, in Warren 
Co., Iowa. Occupation : farmer. Members of Methodist Church. 
Present address: Indianola, R. D., Iowa. Issue: five children. 

1. John Clifford, b. Oct. 24, 1930. 

2. Mary Marguerite, b. May 28, 1932. 

3. Hugh Hollowell, b. Jan. 23, 1934. 

4. Ruth Eloise, b. Sept. 21, 1935. 

5. Rose Ellen, b. Oct. 9. 1938. 

6. The sixth child of Daniel Mack and Mary Ritz Holsinger was 
born March 31, 1845, at Clover Creek, Pennsylvania. She was given 
the name of Rebecca. She died November 4, 1912. She was married 
to Jacob D. Brumbaugh who was born August 5. 1846, at Clover 
Creek, Pa. His occupation was a shoemaker. They were members 
of the Church of the Brethren. Issue: eight children. 

1. Daniel Holsinger, b. June 2, 1868; d. May 8, 1939, at Windber, 
Pa.; member of the German Baptist Church; m. Aug. 1, 1895, at 
Salix, Pa., to Elizabeth Baumgardner, b. Oct. 1, 1869, at Scalp 
Level, Pa.; d. Dec. 8, 1928; buried in Richland Cemetery, Cambria 
Co., Pa. Present address : Scalp Level, Pa. Issue : nine children. 

1. John Foster, b. April 10, 1896, at Scalp Level, Pa. ; a contractor ; 
m. Aug. 30, 1917, at Scalp Level, Pa., Elsie Miller, b. Jan. 10, 1897, 
at Millerstown, Pa. Members of the Evangelical Church. Present 
address : 130 Locust St., Scalp Level, Pa. Issue : eight children. 

1. Harvey Daniel, b. April 1, 1920. 

2. Donald, b. April 30, 1922. 

3. Lois, b. June 10, 1924. 


4. Phyllis, b. Marcli 26, 1926. 

5. Twilla, b. March 13, 1928. 

6. Alma, b. May 5, 1930. 

7. John, Jr., b. July 28, 1931. 

8. Shirley, b. May 10, 1935. 

2. Mary Rebecca, b. Jan. 24, 1898; d. May 15, 1923; unmarried. 

3. Oscar Daniel, b. Jan. 8, 1900, at Scalp Level, Pa. ; m. Aug. 10, 
1918, to Mary Weaver, b. Aug. 17, 1899 in Cambria Co., Pa. Occu- 
pation : tapper, National Supply Co. Present address : 523 Schiller 
St., Baden, Pa. Issue : seven children. 

1. Mildred Rosella, b. May 12, 1919; d. May 25, 1919. 

2. Robert Earl, b. May 27, 1921. 

3. Mary Elizabeth, b. Feb. 18, 1923. 

4. Martha Carolyn, b. Sept. 16, 1926. 

5. Sarah Jane, b. Sept. 21, 1928. 

6. Archie Roy, b. May 4, 1931. 

7. Clyde Morris, b. Feb. 8, 1934. 

4. Paul Howard, b. Aug. 31, 1902; unmarried. 

5. Ethel Elizabeth, b. Nov. 11, 1904; d. May 23, 1931; unmarried. 

6. Clara Helen, b. April 19, 1907 ; m. Roy Frye. 

7. Ruth Margaret, b. March 21, 1909; m. Oct. 30, 1931, at Scalp 
Level, Pa., to David Fleming, b. Sept. 9, 1901, at Bathwell, Scotland. 
Occupation: miner. Present address: 518 Bedford St., Scalp Level, 
Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Jean, b. May 7, 1933. 

8. Elsie Laverne, b. March 21, 1910; d. Aug. 12, 1910. 

9. Gladys Irene, b. Jan. 2, 1912; m. June 28, 1928, at Cumberland, 
Md., to Alfred Weiss, b. Sept. 21, 1909, at Elton, Pa. Occupation : 
post office clerk. Present address: 1118 Graham Ave., Windber, Pa. 
Issue : three children. 

1. Grace Irene, b. Jan. 16, 1930. 

2. Hazel Lucile, b. Feb. 3, 1931. 

3. Mary Elizabeth, b. July 10, 1935. 

2. Margaret Holsinger, b. Dec. 5, 1869; d. Sept. 24, 1871. 

3. Charlotte Holsinger, b. May 17, 1871, at Clover Creek, Pa.; 
d. March 15, 1931 ; m. Jan. 26, 1903, to Joseph Frederick, b. Aug. 29, 
1871, at Curryville, Pa.; d. Aug. 28, 1913. Members of Church of 
the Brethren. Issue: one child. 

1. Verna Elizabeth, b. Sept. 11, 1906, at Fredericksburg, Pa.; m. 


Fred Hoover, b. Feb. 24, 1909, at Saxton, Pa. Present address: 
Saxton, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Hazel Irene, b. July 30, 1928. 

2. Emma Rebecca, b. Sept. 7, 1929. 

3. Junior Frederick, b. March 1, 1936. 

4. Harvey Holsinger, b. March 18, 1873 ; d. March 15, 1874. 

5. Mary Ann, b. Aug. 18, 1874 ; d. Aug. 27, 1936, at Windber, Pa. ; 
buried in the Brumbaugh Cemetery at Fredericksburg, Pa. ; m. twice, 
first to Frank Kaufman, second to Henry Notaff. Two girls born. 

1. Grace, m. a Livingston. 

2. Eva. 

3. Agnes, b. to Notaff union. 

6. George Holsinger, b. Sept. 5, 1879; unmarried. 

7. John Holsinger, b. Jan. 3, 1882; m. May 14, 1903, Myrtle Ham- 
ilton, b. April 3, 1880. Present address : 314 E. First Ave., Altoona, 
Pa. Issue: four children. 

1. Lester Leroy, b. June 15. 1903. 

2. Howard Roy, b. Dec. 2, 1904. 

3. Mary Elizabeth, b. Sept. 1, 1906. 

4. Mildred Rebecca, b. July 6, 1908. 

8. Elizabeth Holsinger, b. Aug. 22, 1884, at Clover Creek; m. 
Nov. 27, 1907, at Hollidaysburg, Pa., to James H. Dodson, b. at 
McKee, Pa., Nov. 23, 1888; d. Dec. 29, 1922, at Niles, Ohio; buried 
in the Union Cemetery at Niles, Ohio. Present address of family : 
209 Hyde Ave., Niles, Ohio. Issue : five children. 

1. Howard, b. Oct. 17, 1908; m. Bernice Alspaugh. Present ad- 
dress : 2522 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 

2. Glen, b. Jan. 12, 1910. 

3. Ruth, b. March 20, 1912; m. Aug. 10, 1933, at Sharon, Pa., to 
Russel Seiple, b. at Warren, Ohio, Feb. 20, 1913. Occupation : steel 
worker. Present address : 214 Sheridan Ave., Niles, Ohio. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Sally Ann, b. Aug. 10, 1934. 

2. Daniel Emerson, b. April 6, 1938. 

4. Thomas, b. Jan. 16, 1914. at Niles, Ohio; m. Aug. 10, 1935, at 
Chester, W. Va., to Beatrice Law, b. April 1, 1917, at Niles, Ohio. 
Occupation : steel worker, reserve officer, Aviation. Present ad- 
dress : 1614 Jefferson St., Warren, Ohio. Issue: one child. 


1. Joyce, b. Sept. 17, 1938. 

5. Edward, b. April 13, 1917. 

7. The seventh child of Daniel Mack and Mary Ritz Holsinger 
was given the name of David R. He was born at Clover Creek, 
Pennsylvania, Mar. 22, 1845. He died at Windber, Pennsylvania, in 
1903. He is buried in Richland Cemetery in Richland Township. 
He was married on February 4, 1868, in Blair County, Pennsylvania, 
to Margaret Carroll. She was born in Schellsburg, Pennsylvania in 
1848. She died in 1912 at Scalp Level, Pennsylvania; buried in 
Richland Township cemetery. Members of the Church of the 
Brethren. Issue : twelve children. 

1. Mary Ann, m. Fred Blough. One daughter born, Mary Arlene. 

2. Daniel, b. Feb. 19, 1871, in Bedford Co., Pa.; d. Aug. 30, 1910, 
at Scalp Level, Pa. ; buried in Berkey Church Cemetery in Paint 
Township. Member of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation : 
electrician, m. Sept. 1895, to Amanda Jane Ripple. Issue : eight 

1. Jay Miles. Present address: Cleveland, Ohio. 

2. Vida Matilda, m. Charles Spear; residence: Sparks, Nev. 

3. Arizona Pearl, m. James Powell. Present address: 1148 Ar- 
cadia St., Long Beach, Calif. 

4. Charles Lee, lives at 1707 Graham Ave., Windber, Pa. 

5. Mary Ann, m. a Hughes; lives at Akron, Ohio. 

6. Claire, m. a Weaver; lives at 615H W. Madison St., Danville, 

7. Daniel Owen, b. Dec. 1, 1904; m. July 7, 1935, at Cumberland, 
Md. ; m. to a Crusan. Occupation : miner. Present address : Johns- 
town, Pa. 

8. Kenneth, lives at Willmore, R. D., Pa. 

3. Joseph Carroll, b. Oct. 11, 1873, at Schellsburg, Pa.; m. Oct. 5, 
1899, at Rummel, Pa., to Addie L. Faust, b. Oct. 5, 1876, in Somerset 
Co., Pa. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Present address : 
Windber, R. D., Pa. Issue : twelve children. 

1. Howard Faust, b. Oct. 7, 1897; m. at Rummel, Pa., to Netty 
Statler, b. Oct. 1, 1892, at Windber, Pa. Members of Church of the 
Brethren. Occupation : mine foreman. Present address : Windber, 
Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. George William. 


2. Orlando J., b. Oct. 2, 1899; salesman; member of Brethren 
Church; m. March 2, 1934, to Ann Glessner, b. Aug. 1, 1905. Present 
address : Graham Ave., Windber, Pa. 

3. Milton, b. May 19, 1901 ; d. Oct. 28, 1903. 

4. Catherine Margaret, b. May 12, 1903, in Somerset Co., Pa. ; 
m. June 1, 1921, to Herbert Geissel, b. Oct. 9, 1901, at Rummel, Pa. 
Occupation : plasterer. Present address : 400 Sixteenth St., Windber, 
Pa. Members of Church of Brethren. Issue : seven children. 

1. Robert Forest, b. April 22, 1923. 

2. Kenneth Myrle, b. March 28, 1924. 

3. Emma Addie, b. Sept. IS, 1925. 

4. Herbert Clinton, b. Dec. 18, 1926. 

5. Rodney Leroy, b. Feb. 12, 1934. 

6. Arvilla Kay, b. Oct. 5, 1935. 

7. Lydia May, b. Oct. 19, 1938. 

5. Nora, b. April 1, 1905. 

6. Virginia Alice, b. Dec. 31, 1907, at Windber, Pa.; m. Nov. 27. 
1924, to Forest Feik, b. Sept. 18, 1901, at Boynton, Pa. She is a 
Brethren. Present address : Somerset, Pa. 

7. Myrtle, b. Nov. 15, 1909; d. Aug. 14, 1926. 

8. Effie, b. March 3, 1911; member of Brethren Church; m. at 
Akron, Ohio, to Leo Sams. He is an accountant. Present address : 
595 Summer St., Akron, Ohio. 

9. Clifford, b. March 24, 1913 ; member of Church of the Breth- 
ren; m. June 15, 1934, at Pittsburgh, to Ruth Weaver, b. Oct. 16, 
1912, at Johnstown, Pa. Present address : Johnstown, R. D., Pa. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Eloise, b. Sept. 17, 1935. 

2. Ilene, b. April 27, 1937. 

10. M. Gilbert, b. March 5, 1915. 

11. Ethel May, b. April 1, 1917. 

12. Louis, b. April 8, 1919. 

4. Henry C. Holsinger, b. June 30, 1875, in Blair Co., Pa. Mem- 
ber of the Brethren Church. Occupation : plasterer. He married at 
Hillsburg, Pa.. Sept. 13, 1896, Miriam Beaner, b. Aug. 9, 1878, in 
Cambria Co., Pa. Residence 555 Gage St., Akron, Ohio. Issue: six 

1. Mildred Alberta, b. Aug. 13, 1902, at Scalp Level, Pa.; m. Oct. 
20. 1927, at Johnstown, Pa., to Paul Steeg, b. Nov. 18, 1900, at 


Johnstown, Pa. Members of Brethren Church. Occupation: ven- 
tilating engineer. Present address : 835 Broad Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls, 
Ohio. Issue : two children. 

1. Ronald Paul, b. Dec. 13, 1934. 

2. Jacquelyn, b. Dec. 4, 1937. 

2. Wilbur Venard, b. Jan. 24, 1905 at Scalp Level, Pa. ; in. Sept. 
2, 1933, at Rockwood, Pa., to Lucille Romesberg, b. Sept. 25, 1910, 
at Garrett, Pa. Members of the Brethren Church. Occupation: 
lire hose inspector at B. F. Goodrich plant. Present address: 1527 
Main St., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Issue : one child. 

1. Dennis, b. July 28, 1934. 

3. Erma Maye, b. Jan. 22, 1908, at Windber, Pa. ; m. June 12, 
1930, at Ellet, Ohio, by Rev. Floyd Sibert tq Floyd Benshoflf, son 
of David and Lucinda St. Clair Benshoff, b..July 3, 1907, at Rose- 
dale (Johnstown), Pa. Members of the Third Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. Present address : 148 Wilson St., Johnstown, Pa. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Glenn Allen, b. April 10, 1931. 

2. Doris Jean, b. Sept. 15, 1933. 

4. Harold Clifford, b. March 18, 1910, at Johnstown, Pa. ; hi. at 
Clarksburg, W. Va., Nathalie Ridenour, b. May 17, 1910, at Fellows- 
ville, W. Va. Members of the Brethren Church. Occupation : insur- 
ance agent. Present address: Newberg, R. D., W. Va. Issue: one 

1. Leonne La Racque, b. March 30, 1930. 

5. Vyron Aletta, b. Oct. 29, 1911, at Windber, Pa. Member of 
the Brethren Church ; m. on May 26, 1934, at Ellet, Ohio, by Rev. 
Grant McDonald, to Curtis Spuhler, b. Dec. 8, 1910, at Akron, Ohio. 
Present address: 1130 Zendon Ave., Akron, Ohio. Issue: one child. 

I. Beverly Kay, b. Jan. 24, 1937. 

6. Theda La Verne, b. Feb. 19, 1915. 

5. Wilson C, b. 1877 ; d. 1877. 

6. Matilda Jane, m. M. H. Weaver. Present address: Windber, Pa. 

7. John C, b. June 1830; d. 1882. 

8. George C, b. April 2, 1882; d. Sept. 10, 1882. 

9. Edmund C, b. 1884; d. 1884. 

10. Abraham, joined the army ; has not been heard from since. 

II. Viola, b. Feb. 11, 1888, at Scalp Level, Pa.; m. April 12, 1919, 
at Windber, Pa., to William Ankeny, b. Aug. 18, 1889, at Meyers- 


dale, Pa. Members of Brethren Church. Occupation : pipe fitter 
in Goodyear plant. Present address : Lakemore, Ohio. Issue : seven 

1. Zelma, b. Nov. 20, 1909; d. Nov. 25, 1910. 

2. Zelda Pearl, b. Nov. 20, 1909; d. Dec. 26, 1909. 

3. Beulah Mae, b. Dec. 13, 1910, at Windber, Pa.; m. Feb. 23, 
1926, at Barberton, Ohio, to Charles Burdenstock, b. Feb. 14, 1907, 
at Denholm, Pa. Occupation : pipe fitter. Present address : Lake- 
more, Ohio. Issue : two children : 

1. Betty Ruth, b. May 15, 1927. 

2. Mary Jane, b. Sept. 27, 1929. 

4. William Derwood, b. May 12, 1914, at Akron, Ohio; m. Oct. 
29, 1937, at Ellet, Ohio, by Rev. R. E. Gingrich, Arlene Ruth Mish- 
ler, b. May 10, 1917, at Akron, Ohio. Members of Brethren Church. 
Present address : Ellet, Ohio. 

5. Warden V., b. Jan. 27, 1919. 

6. Virgil Ray, b. Jan. 30, 1924. 

7. Twila Ruth, b. April 11, 1926. 

12. Mabel, b. Aug. 25, 1892; member of Church of the Brethren; 
m. Feb. 28, 1909, at Cumberland, Md., to Frank Oatman, b. Oct. 23, 
1886, at Conemaugh, Pa. ; d. June 5, 1939, at Windber, Pa. ; buried 
in Conemaugh Cemetery at Hedrick, Pa. Present address of family : 
507 Luther St., Paint Borough, Pa. Issue : twelve children. 

1. George Myron, b. June 13, 1910; d. June 4, 1917. 

2. Margaret Leora, b. Sept. 2, 1911, at Scalp Level, Pa.; member 
of the Church of the Brethren ; m. March 16, 1935, to Thomas 
Shelow, b. June 11, 1899, at Tyrone, Pa. Present address: 405 Som- 
erset Ave., Windber, Pa. Occupation: meter man for Windber 
Electric Co. Issue : two children. 

1. Thomas Alton, b. Aug. 21, 1935. 

2. Flora La Rue, b. Feb. 11, 1938. 

3. Ethel Martha, b. Jan. 26, 1913; m. Wilbur Reay. Present ad- 
dress : 1608 W. Main St., Beltsville, Md. 

4. Frank Gustave, b. June 9, 1915 ; d. Dec. 26, 1917. 

5. Clarence Wilson, b. March 29, 1918. 

6. Ann Elizabeth, b. July 29, 1919. 

7. Josephine June, b. June 18, 1920. 

8. Robert Tibbott, b. Feb. 9, 1922. 

9. Doris Arlene, b. Aug. 17, 1923. 


10. Harold McClelland, b. Oct. 8, 1925. 

11. Frances Marie, b. June 30, 1930; d. July 2, 1930. 

12. Catherine Louise, b. Jan. 19, 1936. 

8. The eighth child of Daniel Mack and Mary Ritz Holsinger was 
born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1849. He was 
given the name of George R. He died April 12, 1924, and is buried 
in the Clover Creek Cemetery at Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania. 
He was by occupation a teacher. He married twice ; first, Elizabeth 
Wineland Seedenberg. This marriage took place January 29, 1895, 
at Clover Creek, Pennsylvania. She died July 24, 1906, and is buried 
at Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Breth- 
ren Church. The name of the second wife or other records relative 
to George R. Holsinger are not at hand. 

Alexander Mack Holsinger, the son of John and Elizabeth Mack 
Holsinger, and the youngest of the children born to the pioneer 
preacher and the granddaughter of Alexander Mack, Jr., was born 
on the Holsinger farm southwest of Bakers Summit, Pennsylvania, 
on October 12, 1819. He died August 28, 1896, and is buried in the 
Holsinger Cemetery near Woodbury, Pennsylvania. On December 
21, 1841, he was united in marriage to Mary Hughes. There are no 
children. A second marriage took place, but other records are not 
at hand. 



This chapter has to do with the descendants of David Holsinger 
and Lydia Mack Holsinger. As has been previously stated in this 
work, David was a brother of John Holsinger, the husband of 
Elizabeth Mack Holsinger. Lydia Mack Holsinger was the daugh- 
ter of William Mack, and the granddaughter of Alexander Mack, 
Jr. David Holsinger was born July 21, 1777, near Waynesboro, 
Pennsylvania, and died March 5, 1858, near Waynesboro, Penn- 
sylvania. He was married June 27, 1807, to Lydia Mack. She was 
born July 16, 1788, and died April 2, 1852, at Waynesboro, Penn- 
sylvania; buried in the Antietam Cemetery near Waynesboro. 
They were members of the German Baptist Church, as it was then 
called. To this union were born thirteen children. The first was 
born April 14, 1808, at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and given the 
name of Nancy. She died April 5, 1854, and is buried in Wengerds 
Cemetery in Guilford Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. 
She married Daniel Stover, son of Daniel and Barbara Benedict 
Stover. He was born June 5, 1806, in Antrim Township and died 
July 28, 1846, in Washington Township. He is buried in New Guil- 
ford Church Cemetery, Chambersburg, R. 6, Pennsylvania. He was 
by occupation a farmer. To this union were born seven children. 

1. Barbara, b. Aug. 26, 1827, in Antrim Twp., Franklin Co., Pa.; 
d. Oct. 25, 1904, in Quincy Twp., Franklin Co., Pa. She is buried 
in Grindstone Hill Cemetery in Franklin Co., Pa. She was a mem- 
ber of the Church of the Brethren. She was united in marriage to 
Samuel Small, b. June 17, 1819, in Quincy Twp., Franklin Co., Pa. ; 
d. Feb. 2, 1902; buried in Grindstone Hill Cemetery, Franklin Co., 
Pa. He was a farmer. Issue: eight children. 

1. Susan Emma, b. Aug. 27. 1852, at Altenwald, Pa. ; d. Aug. 17, 
1917, at Quincy, Pa. ; buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Quincy, Pa. ; 
m. Dec. 24, 1874, to Henry A. Good. Ceremony by Elder John Zuck. 
He was born March 10, 1850, at Waynesboro, Pa. ; d. Nov. 19, 1913, 



at Quincy, Pa.; buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery at Quincy. He 
was a farmer, lumber dealer, and minister in the German Baptist 
Church, of which he and his wife were members. Issue: nine chil- 

1. Newton Small, b. Oct. 7, 1875, at Quincy, Pa.; d. Sept. 2, 1928, 
at Quincy as the result of an auto accident while on the way to 
church the day before his death; buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery 
at Quincy; m. Dec. 21, 1899, to Eva McCleary, b. March 1, 1877, 
at Jackson Hall, Pa. They were members of the Old German Bap- 
tist Church. Issue : three children. 

1. Fannie, b. Dec. 14, 1900, at Quincy, Pa.; in. Oct. 23, 1924, at 
her home to Herman Hege, b. Dec. 10, 1900, at Welsh Run. Pa. 
Members of the Old German Baptist Church. Occupation : farming 
and orchard work. Present address: Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. 
Issue: three children. 

1. Eugene Good, b. Nov. 27, 1925. 

2. Marlin Good, b. May 22, 1933. 

3. Evelyn Good, b. Aug. 2, 1935. 

2. Dennis Welty, b. Dec. 24, 1902; m. June 28, 1908, at Cham- 
bersburg, Carrie Deardorff, b. March 18, 1904, in Guilford Twp., 
Franklin Co., Pa. Occupation : dealer in lumber and building sup- 
plies at Quincy, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Lois Ann, b. June 16, 1929. 

2. Dennis Welty, Jr., b. Dec. 9, 1935. 

3. Ruth, b. Aug. 7, 1907, at Quincy, Pa.; m. Nov. 22, 1932, at 
Quincy to Alan Brechbill. Members of German Baptist Brethren 
Church. Occupation : farmer. Present address : Chambersburg, 
R. 6., Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Marlene Good, b. Jan. 12, 1935. 

2. Mary Emma, b. Oct. 13, 1876, at Quincy, Pa. : m. at Quincy, 
Pa., Nov. 25, 1897, to Harry D. Miller, b. Sept. 30, 1871. Members 
of the German Baptist Brethren Church. Occupation: farmer. 
Present address : Waynesboro, R. 2, Pa. Issue : four children. 

I. Earlc Good, b. Dec. 6, 1898, at Zullinger, Pa.; m. June 29. 
1929, at Semaster, Pa., Esther Brindle, b. at Semaster, Oct. 24, 1906. 
Occupation: farmer. Members of the German Baptist Brethren. 
Present address: R. 4, Chambersburg, Pa. Issue: five children. 


1. Richard Brindle, b. Aug. 12, 1930. 

2. Hilda Louise, b. Jan. 17, 1932. 

3. Esther Joan, b. July 1, 1933. 

4. Rachel C, b. May 13, 1935; d. May 13, 1935. 

5. Helen Elaine, b. March 14, 1937. 

2. Myrtle Grace, b. March 24, 1901. 

3. Paul Good, b. Jan. 28, 1903, near Waynesboro, Pa. ; m. Jan. 1, 
1938, Violet Brenize, b. Dec. 19, 1914, at Mowersville, Pa. Occupa- 
tion : clerk. Present address : Waynesboro, R. D., Pa. 

4. Annie May, b. April 19, 1910. 

3. Annie May, b. March 12, 1879; unmarried. 

4. Ida Welty, b. Sept. 16, 1882 ; unmarried. 

5. Cora Alice, b. Sept. 30, 1884; unmarried. 

6. Henry Welty, b. Sept. 12, 1888, at Quincy, Pa.; a school- 
teacher; attended The Pennsylvania Business College, at Lancaster, 
Pa.; now a postal clerk in the Waynesboro, Pa., office; m. Feb. 12, 
1918, at New Franklin, Pa., by Rev. A. D. Potts, Lottie Deardorf, 
b. Jan. 5, 1892. She was a schoolteacher, having attended the Ship- 
pensburg State Teachers College. They are members of the First 
Brethren Church. Present address : 250 Philadelphia Ave., Waynes- 
boro, Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. Miriam E., b. May 1, 1923. She is an honor student in the West 
Chester State Teachers College, West Chester, Pa. 

2. Janet, b. Nov. 9, 1925. 

7. Samuel C, b. Feb. 8, 1891; d. June 11, 1911, victim of heart 
attack and drowning. 

8. Clara Myrtle, b. Sept. 27, 1892 ; d. Sept. 9, 1898. 

9. Bertha Susan, b. June 29, 1896; unmarried. 

2. Anna Mary, b. Feb. 25, 1854; m. John Zugg. No issue. 

3. Barbara Agnes, b. April 1, 1856; d. Feb. 4, 1858. 

4. Amanda Elizabeth, b. Nov. 9. 1857 ; d. April 10, 1858. 

5. Daniel Stover, b. March 11, 1859; d. Nov. 24, 1862. 

6. Samuel Augustus, b. Jan. 17, 1861, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. 
Dec. 11, 1884, Lillie M. Stover, b. Aug. 4, 1866, in Franklin Co., Pa. 
Members of the Reformed Church. Retired newspaperman. Present 
address : Chambersburg, Pa. Issue : four children. 

1. Marge M., b. Oct. 26, 1885, in Quincy Twp., Pa.; she is a 
genealogist ; m. Sept. 27, 1927, at Harrisburg, Pa., to W. R. Keiffer, 


b. Sept. 22, 1872, in Franklin Co., Pa. Residence : 16 Garber St., 
Chambersburg, Pa. His occupation: justice of the peace. 

2. Anna Blanche, b. Sept. 27, 1887; m. G. E. Heineman. Present 
address : Slippery Rock, Pa. 

3. Ruth G, b. May 6, 1893, at Altenwald, Pa. ; m. Nov. 9, 1916, 
at Chambersburg, Pa., to W. A. Craig, b. Nov. 9, 1890, in Scotland, 
Pa. Occupation : constructional engineer. Present address : 59 Brad- 
ford St., Crafton, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Nancy Jane, b. Feb. 22, 1919. 

2. Margaret Ruth, b. March 23, 1921. 

3. Anne Elizabeth, b. July 27, 1926. 

4. Stover Augustus, b. Sept. 11, 1906; m. Edith Minter. Present 
address : Gettysburg, Pa. 

7. William Alfred, b. Sept. 5, 1863; d. March 7, 1881. 

8. George Elmer, b. July 22, 1865; d. June 1923; m. Anna Wright. 
2. Lydia, b. June 17, 1829; d. Sept. 2, 1914; buried in Falling 

Spring Cemetery ; member of the German Baptist Church ; m. Sept. 
20, 1849, to Christian Sheller. Occupation : farmer. Buried in Fall- 
ing Spring Cemetery. Issue : three children. 

1. Elizabeth, b. March 13, 1852. 

2. Annie, b. March 18, 1854, at Waynesboro, Pa. ; d. June 12, 
1934, at Chambersburg Pa.; buried in Falling Spring Cemetery; 
m. Dec. 6, 1877, to Samuel Kauffman, b. April 22, 1851, and died 
April 5, 1907; buried in Falling Spring Cemetery. Occupation: 
farmer. Members of Church of the Brethren. Issue: seven children. 

1. Christian S., b. Sept. 2, 1878; d. Sept. 3, 1893. 

2. Lydia A., b. March 21, 1881. 

3. William B., b. Nov. 11, 1882. 

4. Samuel S., b. June 9, 1885 ; m. Lelia Kirkpatrick. 

5. John E., b. Jan. 7, 1887 ; m. Ida Singer. 

6. Anna M„ b. July 21, 1888; m. C. E. Dick. 

7. Daniel E., b. March 24, 1890; d. Oct. 15, 1898. 
3. Susan, b. Oct. 25, 1856. 

3. William, b. May 28, 1831, in Franklin Co., Pa. ; d. March 30, 
1912, at Chambersburg, Pa.; buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery at 
Chambersburg, Pa.; member of the Church of the Brethren; was 
a railroad brakeman; m. Catherine Bowers, b. in the state of 


Hesse, Germany, July 20, 1833; d. Jan. 11, 1898, at Chambersburg, 
Pa. Issue : thirteen children. 

1. Emma R., b. July 3, 1854; d. March 28, 1861. 

2. Alonza J., b. July 6, 1856; d. June 30, 1931 ; m. Mary Beckner. 

3. Mary E. F b. Sept. 26, 1857; d. Sept. 19, 1915; m. Frank Kelso. 
Member of the Lutheran Church. Issue: five children. 

1. Pearl. 

2. Walter. 

3. Maude. 

4. Fulton. 

5. Roy. 

4. Laura M., b. July 14. 1860; d. Nov. 10, 1926, at Akron, Ohio; 
buried there; m. James McElhinny. Issue: three children. 

1. Maude, m. John Churchhill. 

2. Ruth, m. Dugan Bennett. 

3. Albert. 

5. William H., b. Dec. 28, 1861 ; d. Jan. 9, 1863. 

6. Margaret E., b. July 11, 1864; d. April 7, 1935; buried in Cedar 
Grove Cemetery at Chambersburg, Pa. ; member of Lutheran 
Church ; m. to W. Etler, b. Oct. 30, 1862; d. July 24, 1908, at Cham- 
bersburg, Pa. ; buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Present address 
of family: 621 Pleasant St., Chambersburg, , Pa. Issue: five children. 

1. Lester S., b. April 17, 1883; d. about 1920; m. Grace Stilson. 

2. Ruth, b. Feb. 14, 1887, at Chambersburg, Pa. ; m. Aug. 17, 1910. 
at Harrisburg, Pa., to C. Bitner Hager, b. March 26, 1883, at Clay 
Hill, Pa.; d. March 22, 1936, at Iowa City, Iowa; buried in River- 
side Cemetery, Marshalltown, Iowa. Present address of family : 
21 1 S. Second St., Marshalltown, Iowa. Issue : four children. 

1. Harold D., b. May 27, 1911; m. Pearl Seretu. 

2. Richard D., b. Feb. 14, 1917. 

3. Charles B., b. Feb. 6, 1924. 

4. Donald G., b. March 18, 1932. 

3. Harry E., b. Feb. 19, 1893 ; m. Nona Weaver. 

4. Margaret, b. April 8, 1903; d. Oct. 13, 1903. 

5. William M., b. June 14, 1905; m. Hilda Spangler. 

7. Charles E., b. March 15, 1866; d. Sept. 20, 1867. 

8. Lydia A., b. Dec. 2, 1867; d. March 22, 1894; buried in Cedar 
Grove Cemetery at Chambersburg, Pa. ; member of Lutheran 
Church ; m. William Sierer. Issue : one child. 


1. Bert, m. Bessie Mowan. 

9. Katie A, b. Sept. 30, 1869; d. Dec. 29, 1879. 

10. Bertha V., b. Oct. 7, 1871 ; d. Oct. 28, 1936, at Carlisle, Pa. ; 
buried in Carlisle Cemetery; m. in Hagerstown, Md., May 29, 1891, 
to Irvin G. Snyder, b. July 14, 1865, at Chambersburg, Pa. ; d. Feb. 
16, 1911, at Chambersburg, Pa.; buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery 
at Chambersburg, Pa. Occupation : painter. Issue : six children. 

1. Herbert A., b. Jan. 16, 1892; unmarried. 

2. William S., b. Oct. 27, 1894, at Chambersburg, Pa. ; m. Amelia 
Long, b. near Hagerstown, Md., in 1903. Issue : two children. 

1. John Roberts, b. Sept. 1, 1924; d. Feb. 18, 1926. 

2. William Stover, Jr., b. April 13, 1927. 

William Snyder, was divorced and married Alice Cramer. 
Present address : Carlisle, Pa. 

3. Frank S., b. 1896; d. 1896. 

4. Irvin G., b. Sept. 1897; m. Betty Martin, at Tacoma, Wash., 
in 1919. Occupation: boiler maker. Present address: Tacoma, Wash. 

5. Elizabeth, b. 1900; d. same year. 

6. Isabel, b. June 8, 1903; m. June 7, 1932, at Carlisle, Pa., to 
Bruce Fahnestock, b. June 29, 1906, at Mt. Holly Springs, Pa. 
Members of the United Brethren Church. Occupation : silk weaver. 
Present address: 17 South Pitt St., Carlisle, Pa. Issue: none. 

11. Harry E., b. May 9, 1874, at Chambersburg, Pa.; m. at 
Chambersburg, Pa., Oct. 16, 1900, Antoinette Reitzel, b. Sept. 24, 
1870, at Mercersburg, Pa. ; d. March 11, 1924, at Waynesboro, Pa.; 
buried in Green Hill Cemetery at Waynesboro, Pa. Present address 
of family: 41 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro, Pa. Issue: three chil- 

1. Infant girl. 

2. William C, b. June 6, 1906; m. Anna Mary Miller. 

3. Harry E., Jr., b. Jan. 29, 1910. 

12. Cora B., b. Dec. 29, 1876; m. Charles A. Speilman, b. March 
9, 1869, at Chambersburg, Pa. Occupation: locomotive engineer. 
Present address : 386 Queen St., Chambersburg, Pa. 

13. Walter V., b. Dec. 4, 1878; d. Nov. 12. 1881. 

4. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 9, 1834; d. Dec. 24, 1860. 

5. Susan, b. Oct. 13, 1836, in Franklin Co.. Pa.; d. July 26, 1922. 
at Chambersburg, Pa.; buried at Prices Church Cemetery; m. Oct. 


15, 1857, to Benjamin Friedly, b. Oct. 10, 1834, near Quincy, Pa. ; 
d. Sept. 26, 1916, at Waynesboro, Pa. ; buried at Prices Creek Church 
Cemetery. They were members of the Old German Baptist Brethren 
Church. He was a farmer. Issue : three children. 

1. Stover, b. Feb. 14, 1867, at Waynesboro, Pa.; m. March 10, 
1891, at Chambersburg to Carrie E. Funk, b. Sept. 12, 1867, at Mt. 
Alto, Pa.; d. Jan. 7, 1919, at Waynesboro; buried in Green Hill 
Cemetery at Waynesboro, Pa. Occupation: miller. Residence: 15 
N. Grant St., Waynesboro, Pa. Members of Reformed Church. 
Issue: four children. 

1. Ruth, b. Nov. 7, 1894, at Shippensburg, Pa. ; m. June 24, 1923, 
to E. W. Brindle, b. Nov. 11, 1894, at Markes, Pa. He is a clergy- 
man in the Evangelical Reformed Church. Present address : 
Arendtsville, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. E. W., Jr., b. June 27, 1924. 

2. Mary Ruth, b. Oct. 11, 1928. 

2. Ray E., b. Sept. 29, 1896, at Waynesboro, Pa. ; m. April 8, 1920, 
at Ilagerstown, Md., Ruby Donaldson, b. Feb. 13, 1892, at Hagers- 
town, Md. Occupation: insurance agent. Present address: 114 S. 
Potomac St., Waynesboro, Pa. Members of the Trinity Reformed 

3. E. Maye, b. June 29, 1899, at Waynesboro, Pa. ; m. April 24, 
1924, at Adamstown, Md., to Raymond Haines, b. May 27, 1900, 
at Westminster, Md. Members of Reformed Church. Present ad- 
dress: 15 N. Grant St., Waynesboro, Pa. Occupation: automobile 

4. Louise, b. May 25, 1901, at Waynesboro, Pa.; m. Oct. 2, 1923, 
at Waynesboro, Pa., to W. H. Audrey, b. Sept. 23, 1896, at Carters- 
ville, Ga. Members of the Presbyterian Church. Occupation : vice 
president and sales manager of fruit Co. Present address : 15 Pen 
Mar St., Waynesboro, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Harriet, b. May 13, 1925. 

2. Carolyn, b. April 26, 1928. 

3. Katherine, b. July 18, 1932. 

2. Harry Freidly, b. Nov. 1, 1875; m. Nov. 18, 1897, to Bertha 
Wingert, b. Dec. 18, 1875, at Five Forks, Pa. Occupation : merchant. 
Present address : E. Baltimore St., Greencastle, Pa. Members 
Brethren in Christ. 

3. Daniel Freidly, b. April 30, 1879, near Waynesboro, Pa.; m. 


Nov. 26, 1903, at Zullinger, Pa., to Elva Shillito, b. Sept. 4, 1881, at 
Zullinger, Pa. Members of Trinity Reformed Church. Occupation : 
merchant. Present address : 120 W. Third St., Waynesboro, Pa. 
Issue : three children. 

1. Lelia May, b. Aug. 30, 1905; m. B. E. James. Present address: 
12 W. Third St., Waynesboro, Pa. 

2. Gladys E., b. Aug. 18, 1907, at Waynesboro, Pa. ; m. June 20, 
1934, to Donald F. Price, b. May 10, 1907, at Waynesboro, Pa. Mem- 
bers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Occupation: designing 
engineer. Present address : 309 W. Sixth St., Waynesboro, Pa. Is- 
sue : one child. 

1. Jon Friedly, b. July 7, 1938. 

3. Charles Shillito, b. Sept. 17, 1910; m. Kathleen Hefner. Present 
address : 18 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. 

6. A. Mary, b. Jan. 11, 1839; d. Dec. 18, 1907, at Clay Hill, Pa.; 
buried in Browns Mill Cemetery, Franklin Co., Pa. ; m. Joseph 
Wingert, b. April IS, 1833; d. May 14, 1914, at Clay Hill and is 
buried at Browns Mill Cemetery. Occupation : farmer. Members 
of the Church of the Brethren. Issue : one child. 

1. Annie Elizabeth, b. June 2, 1863, at Clay Hill, Pa.; d. June 29, 
1930, at Clay Hill; buried in Browns Mill Cemetery; m. 1881, to 
John Alfred Stover, d. April 13, 1913, at Clay Hill; buried in 
Browns Mill Cemetery. Occupation : farmer and stock dealer. 
Members of the Church of the Brethren. He was a Sunday-school 
superintendent. Issue: twelve children. 

1. William Claire, b. Dec. 14, 1881 ; d. May 5, 1882. 

2. Rhoda May, b. May 24, 1883, at Clay Hill, Pa. ; m. April 9, 
1903, at Clay Hill, Pa., to Harry Lenherr, b. Sept. 7, 1877, in Frank- 
lin Co., Pa. Occupation : photographer. Members of Church of the 
Brethren. Present address : Mercersburg, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Margaret A., b. June 18, 1905; m. Curvan B. Heiges. Present 
address : 7802 Argus Rd., W. Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pa. 

3. Roy W., b. April 12, 1887 ; d. May 8, 1938, at Chambersburg, 
Pa. ; buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery at Greencastle, Pa. ; m. March 
31, 1908, at Shady Grove, Pa., Mary Gilland, b. Feb. 21, 1885, at 
Waynesboro, Pa. Occupation : livestock dealer. Members of 
Church of the Brethren. Present address : 155 S. Washington St., 
Greencastle, Pa. Issue: six children. 

1. Infant daughter, b. Nov. 29, 1909; d. same month. 


2. Glen G., b. Dec. 17, 1912; m. Kathern Hess. 

3. Omer W., b. July 3, 1914; d. Oct. 31. 1914. 

4. Ellis R., b. May 29, 1916; m. Jane Lingg. 

5. Mary Louise, b. Oct. 30, 1921 ; m. Charles Myers. 

6. Clara A., b. Oct. 31, 1927. 

4. Sarah Ruth, b. May 5, 1889, at Clay Hill, Pa. ; ra. Harry Sho- 
walter at Clay Hill, Pa., July 29, 1909. Present address: 153 N. 
Alison St., Greencastle, Pa. 

5. Chester Guy, b. Jan. 26, 1892 ; d. Dec. 4, 1892. 

6. Anna Mary, b. Oct. 29, 1894; m. David Johnson. Present ad- 
dress : Fairfax, R. D., Va. 

7. J. A. Kuntz, b. July 20, 1896; d. June 23, 1934, at Waynesboro, 
Pa. ; buried in Browns Mill Cemetery ; m. at Hagerstown, Md., 
May 30, 1918, Delia Stoops, 1). Aug. 27, 1901, at Altenwall, Pa. Later 
he married a Ereshman. Members of the Church of the Brethren. 
Present address of family: 145 Ridge Ave., Waynesboro, Pa. Issue: 
four children. 

1. Pauline, b. March 4, 1919; m. Richard Freshman, b. Sept. 10. 
1916, at Waynesboro, Pa. Members of Church of the Brethren. 
Present address : 343 W. Second St., Waynesboro, Pa. 

2. Darwin, b. Oct. 21, 1920, at Greencastle, Pa.; m. at Hagers- 
town, Md., to Virginia Creager, b. April 7, 1920. Present address : 
317 W. Second St., Fairview, Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Virginia Lee, b. Oct. 4, 1938. 

3. Sylvia, b. Dec. 8, 1922. 

4. Robert, b. May 19, 1931. 

8. J. Paul, b. Aug. 22, 1898; unmarried. 

9. Silas Lester Anthony, b. Dec. 8, 1900; d. Dec. 21, 1900. 

10. Eva Elizabeth, b. Dec. 7, 1901, at Clay Hill, Pa.; m. Dec. 17, 
1935, at Hagerstown, Md., to George Grove, b. Aug. 2, 1896, at 
Marion, Pa. Occupation: printer. Member of Church of the Breth- 
ren. Present address : Marion, Pa. 

11. Lydia Ada, b. Feb. 6, 1904, at Clay Hill, Pa.; m. June 5, 1925, 
at Hagerstown, Md., to Arthur Stattler, b. Sept. 18, 1903, at Cash- 
town, Pa. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Occupation: 
carpenter and body builder. Present address: Marion, Pa. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Harold Raymond, h. Sept. 14, 1926. 

2. Donald Arthur, b. Oct. 22, 1929. 


3, Jean Elizabeth, b. Nov. 6, 1932. 

12. Howard Leslie, b. Oct. 6, 1907. 

7. Jacob Stover, b. Nov. 8, 1840, in Franklin Co., Pa. ; d. Feb. 16. 
1928, at Des Moines, Iowa; buried in Glendale Cemetery, Des 
Moines, Iowa; m. Susan Brown, who d. at Chambersburg, Pa., and 
is buried there. Five children born to this union. He married again 
to Etta Thompson. To this second union were born four children. 
Issue to all : 

1. Catherine. 

2. John, b. 1859. 

3. Alice, b. Jan. 30, 1862, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. at Ada, Ohio, 
Nov. 24, 1881, Alen Bybee, b. July 13, 1858, in Fayette Co., Ohio; 
d. July 10, 1925, at Fort Wayne, Ind. Members of Church of 
Christ. Was owner of Auto Sales Company. Present address of 
family : Paulding, Ohio. Issue : five children. 

1. Earl, b. Dec. 30, 1882; d. Jan. 8, 1924, at Huntington, Ind.; 
buried in Live Oak Cemetery, Paulding, Ohio. Member of Church 
of Christ. Occupation : mechanic. He married on July 10, 1904, at 
Paulding, Ohio, May Gipe, b. April 17. 1886, at Van Wert. Ohio. 
Present address of family: N. Main St.. Paulding, Ohio. Issue: 
five children. 

1. Louise, b. April 10, 1905. 

2. Alice, b. March 8, 1907; m. K. A. Duerk. 

3. Helen Mae, b. Feb. 25, 1910; lived 6 months. 

4. Laura, b. Aug. 4, 1911 ; m. D. V. Davidson. 

5. Nellie, b. Nov. 8, 1915 ; m. John F. De Muth. 

2. Zoe, b. Jan. 13, 1885 ; d. Oct. 16, 1892. 

3. Rue, b. Nov. 11, 1886; d. Oct. 18, 1892. 

4. Paul, b. Feb. 27, 1892; m. at Goshen, Ind.. Oct. 15, 1913, Trix 
Kyle, b. March 19, 1895, at Sherwood, Ohio. Members of the 
Church of Christ. Occupation : engineer for Paulding Sugar Co. 
Present address : 216 N. Copeland St., Paulding, Ohio. Issue : seven 

1. Marian Virginia, b. April 12, 1914. 

2. Dorothy Jeanne, b. April 26. 1916, at Paulding, Ohio; m. Oct. 
23, 1936, to Harold Skiver, b. July 10, 1910, at Defiance, Ohio. Oc- 
cupation: radio inspector in plant. Present address': 1217 Emory St., 
Defiance, Ohio. 

3. Doris Pauline, b. Jan. 12, 1919. 


4. Lois Rue, b. Sept. 6, 1922. 

5. Paul Allen, b. March 28, 1926; d. April 6, 1926. 

6. Fredene Foster, b. Aug. 8, 1928. 

7. Jon Allen, b. Dec. 5, 1933. 

5. Clair, b. March 23, 1896, at Paulding, Ohio ; m. Sept. 10, 1916, 
to Claudia Betts, b. Dec. 25, 1893, at Paulding, Ohio. Occupation : 
brake specialist. Present address : 24 E. Babbitt St., Dayton, Ohio. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Mary Alice, b. Feb. 17, 1924. 

2. Jack Allen, b. Oct. 23, 1925 ; d. May 15, 1931. 

4. Shannon. 

5. Anna, b. 1869; m. Harve Henderson. 

6. Norma, b. March 14, 1875 ; married twice ; first to Henry 
Holden. To this union were born four children. Later she married 
Eugene Erb on Sept. 24, 1921, b. in Black Hawk County, Iowa; d. 
March 12, 1939. She is a member of the Methodist Church. Present 
address : Fort Dodge, R. D., Iowa. Issue : four children. 

1. Vera May, b. May 4, 1895, in Green Co., Iowa; m. at Des 
Moines, Iowa, Oct. 29, 1920, to L B. Smith, b. Dec. 1, 1894, at Burns 
City, Ind. Members of Christian Church. He is employed by Des 
Moines Gas Company. Present address: 219 E. 13th St., Court, 
Des Moines, Iowa. Issue: one child. 

1. Dorothy Maxine Freeman, b. Jan. 27, 1917, at Des Moines, 
Iowa; m. May 29, 1937, to George Derham, b. May 14, 1916, at 
Des Moines, Iowa. Members of Methodist Church. Present address : 
219 E. 13th St., Court, Des Moines, Iowa. Issue : one child. 

1. Diana Lee, b. March 15, 1939. 

2. Fay Juanita, b. July 13, 1898, at Herndon, Iowa; m. at De- 
troit, Mich., on April 25, 1915, to W. L. Thompson. Occupation : 
fur grader. Present address : 19266 Andover, Detroit, Mich. Issue : 
one child. 

1. C. Ruth, b. Feb. 10, 1916, at Detroit, Mich.; m. Aug. 29, 1936, 
to Gilbert Kovar, b. Aug. 15, 1914, at Detroit, Mich. Occupation: 
diemaker. Present address : 19266 Andover St., Detroit, Mich. Issue : 
one child. 

1. Donald G., b. Aug. 25, 1937. 

3. George Jacob, b. Aug. 13, 1902; d. March 15, 1911. 


4. Roy, b. April 10, 1908; m. Leone Whipple. Present address: 
Fort Dodge, R. 3, Iowa. 

7. George, b. Nov. 27, 1876, at Mansfield, Ohio ; m. Feb. 3, 1903, 
at Churdan, Iowa, Elizabeth Wirtz, b. Feb. 1, 1883, at Herndon, 
Iowa. Members of Catholic Church. Present address: New Eng- 
land, N. Dak. Occupation : farmer. Issue : five children. 

1. Agnes, b. March 14, 1904; d. April 8, 1919. 

2. Frances, b. June 9, 1907, at Churdan, Iowa; m. April 19, 1927, 
to Otto Fresonke, Jr., b. Dec. 28, 1899, at Perham, Minn. Occupation: 
barber. Present address : New England, N. Dak. Members of Cath- 
olic Church. Issue : four children. 

1. Leona, b. April 3, 1928. 

2. George, b. May 8, 1929. 

3. Rita Mae, b. Nov. 4, 1931. 

4. Jeanne, b. April 13, 1933. 

3. Esther, b. April 25, 1918, at New England, N. Dak. ; m. John 
Faulhaber, on March 25, 1936, b. Jan. 12, 1914, at Taylor, N. Dak. ; 
d. Dec. 9, 1937, at Dickinson, N. Dak. ; buried in New England 
Cemetery, St. Marys. Members of Catholic Church. Present ad- 
dress of family : New England, N. Dak. Issue : one child. 

1. Shirley Jane, b. April 11, 1937. 

4. Julia, b. March 10, 1917; m. Joe Korang. Present address: New 
England, N. Dak. 

5. Ruth, b. May 21, 1925. 

8. Roy, b. Aug. 28, 1880, at Ada, Ohio; m. Oct. 19, 1905, at In- 
dianola, Iowa, to Loretta Jackson, b. Aug. 28, 1887, Des Moines, 
Iowa. Members of Methodist Church. Occupation : carpenter. 
Present address : 1521 Searle St., Des Moines, Iowa. Issue : eight 

1. Lloyd Henry, b. May 12, 1907; m. Selma Logan. Issue: two 

1. Arlene Leola, b. Sept. 8, 1931. 

2. Dale Lloyd, b. Nov. 22, 1933. 

2. Lester Earl, b. March 23, 1909; m. Thelma Cooper. Issue: one 

1. Terry Dale, b. Sept. 11, 1935. 

3. Lawrence LeRoy, b. June 18, 1914; d. May 3, 1915. 

1. Lola Esther, b. Sept. 22, 1916; m. Delmar Henry. Now divorced. 
Issue : one child. 


I. Janet Lea, b. Nov. 8, 1935. 

5. Loris Belle, b. June 27, 1921. 

6. Lois Elizabeth, b. June 27, 1921 ; d. June 28, 1921. 

7. Lorraine Estelle, b. April 17, 1923. 

8. Larry Leonard, b. March 23, 1927. 

9. Leona, b. March 18, 1891 ; m. Ray Davis. Present address : 
Mentor, R. 2, Minn. 

The second child of David and Lydia Mack Holsinger was given 
the name of John. He was born December 11, 1809, and died Octo- 
ber 26, 1815. 

The third child of David and Lydia Mack Holsinger was born 
February 21, 1811, and given the name of Elizabeth. She died 
February 20, 1900; buried in Falling Spring Church Cemetery. She 
married Samuel Hess, a widower. 

The fourth child of David and Lydia Mack Holsinger was born 
on March 27, 1814, and given the name of Jacob. He died August 
18, 1903, and is buried in the cemetery at Falling Spring Church, 
Pennsylvania. He was married on June 20, 1839, to Mary Lehman. 
Issue : six children. 

1. Daniel, b. June 30, 1840; d. March 13, 1915; buried in Falling- 
Spring, Pa., Cemetery; m. Annie Snyder, b. 1839; d. March 9, 1915 ; 
buried in Falling Spring Cemetery. Members of Church of the 
Brethren. Issue : one child. 

1. Sadie, b. Oct. 16, 1869, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. Dec. 23, 1891, 
at Duffield, Pa., to Wm. Thompson, b. Feb. 23, 1883, at Mt. Alto, 
Pa. ; d. December 25, 1926, at Fayetteville, Pa. ; buried in Grindstone 
Hill, Pa., Cemetery. Members of the Evangelical Reformed Church. 
Occupation : machinery salesman. Present address of family : 
Fayetteville, Pa. Issue: three children. 

1. Guy Holsinger, b. Nov. 23, 1892, at Duffield. Pa. ; m. June 24, 
1925, at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, Gertrude Weaver, b. March 12, 1896. 
Members of Methodist Church. Occupation: social instructor in 
Springfield High School. Present address : 208 S. English, Spring- 
field, 111. 

2. Charles Frank, b. June 22, 1894, at Duffield, Pa. ; m. March 8, 
1933, to Venue Mort, b. Dec. 10, 1907. Present address : Langhorne, 
R. D., Pa. Occupation : U. S. customs storekeeper. Members of the 
Reformed Church. Issue: two children. 


1. Carl Lynn, b. Feb. 20, 1938. 

2. Ralph Wayne, b. Feb. 21, 1938. 

3. Anna Mary, b. June 15, 1896, at Duffield, Pa. ; m. June 20, 1921, 
to John R. Lehman, b. at Falling Spring, Pa., April 18, 1896. Mem- 
bers of the Reformed Church. Occupation : farmer. Present ad- 
dress : Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Jessie May, b. May 16, 1924. 

2. Sarah, b. April 6, 1842 ; d. Sept. 1, 1844. 

3. Samuel, b. Jan. 3, 1847, near Harrisburg, Pa.; d. Jan. 17, 1916, 
in Tiffin, Ohio; buried in Fairmount Cemetery at Tiffin, Ohio; was 
a farmer; m. Oct. 15, 1868, at Harrisburg, Pa., Mary Harnish, 
buried in Fairmount Cemetery at Tiffin, Ohio. Issue : five children. 

1. George, b. June 12, 1869, at Jamesburg, Pa.; d. Aug. 9, 1938, 
at Fort Seneca, Ohio; buried in Fairmount Cemetery at Tiffin, 
Ohio; m. Oct. 6, 1892, at Tiffin, Ohio, Elizabeth Sterner, b. July 22, 
1865, at Bowling Green, Ohio; d. Feb. 7, 1929, at Fort Seneca, Ohio; 
buried in Fairmount Cemetery at Tiffin, Ohio. Members of the Re- 
formed Church. Occupation : blacksmith. Issue : two children. 

1. Yosbel, b. Feb. 6, 1894, at Bloomville, Ohio ; m. John W. Con- 
ner, b. Oct. 12, 1895, at Charleston, W. Va. He is a member of the 
Church of the Brethren. Present address : Bloomville, R. D., Ohio. 
Occupation : farmer. Issue : eight children. 

1. Goldie, b. Oct. 16, 1915. 

2. George Emerson, b. April 2, 1917. 

3. Mary Elizabeth, b. July 14, 1918. 

4. Arley, b. Dec. 27, 1919. 

5. Wilbur, b. Aug. 4, 1921. 

6. Otis, b. May 24, 1923. 

7. Ruth, b. Nov. 15, 1926. 

8. Dorothy, b. March 19, 1931. 

2. Florence, b. Sept. 12, 1896; m. 1915 to Steiner R. Funk at 
Tiffin, Ohio, b. Feb. 7, 1894, at Lamstown, Md. ; d. Nov. 30. 1936, 
at Willard, Ohio ; buried in Republic Cemetery at St. Jacob, Ohio. 
Was a fireman on the B. &0. R. R. Present address of family: 115 
E. Emerald St., Willard, Ohio. Member of the U. B. Church. Issue : 
three children. 

1. Viola Mae, b. Aug. 28, 1916. 


2. Harold, b. Dec. 29, 1924; d. June 22, 192S. 

3. Muriel, b. April 23, 1926. 

2. Emma, b. Aug. 17, 1870, in Franklin Co., Pa.; d. March 7, 
1930, in Coshocton, Ohio; buried at Tiffin, Ohio; m. March 17, 
1892, at Tiffin, Ohio, to Jacob Goodrich, b. March 25, 1870, in Bel- 
mont Co., Ohio. Occupation : Novelty Advertising Co. Issue : eight 

1. Clara Leone, b. Dec. 21, 1892, at Coshocton, Ohio; d. June 1920 
in Cincinnati, Ohio ; m. Aug. 1, 1916, to Fred Goode, b. Jan. IS, 
1891, at Marathon, Ohio. Present address: Nauvoo, Ohio. Occupa- 
tion : brakeman on the N. & W. R. R. Issue : one child. 

1. Dolores Thelma, b. Jan. 24, 1918, at Cincinnati, Ohio; m. Oct. 
26, 1936, to Arnold Bussey, b. Dec. 25, 1912, at Wheelersburg, Ohio. 
Issue: one child. 

1. Judith Ann, b. Feb. 12, 1938. 

2. Ora Elsworth, b. July 24, 1894. Present address : 29306 Jefferson 
Ave., St. Clair Shores, Mich. 

3. James Lloyd, b. March 9, 1896, at Bellaire, Ohio; m. June 30, 
1918, at Wellsburg, W. Va., Gladys Tish, b. June 26, 1901, at Coshoc- 
ton, Ohio. Occupation: truck driver. Present address: 6851 Barrie 
Ave., Detroit, Mich. Issue: two children. 

1. Dorothy Virginia, b. Aug. 8, 1918, at Coshocton, Ohio; m. at 
Newark, Ohio, Nov. 26, 1937, to Sterling Johnson, b. Aug. 5, 1913, 
at Ann Arbor, Mich. Present address : 6845 Barrie Ave., Detroit, 
Mich. Occupation : machine operator. Issue : one child. 

1. Judith Jean, b. Aug. 15, 1938. 

2. Phyllis Eileen, b. May 15, 1925. 

4. Forest Clyde, b. Nov. 1898, at Bellaire, Ohio; m. Feb. 9, 1917, 
at Coshocton, Ohio, Naomi Lane, b. June 7, 1896, at Glassboro, N. J. 
Occupation: operator, Detroit Edison Co. Present address: 11940 
Laing Ave., Detroit, Mich. Issue : four children. 

1. Forest C, b. Aug. 19, 1917, at Cincinnati, Ohio ; m. Sept. 4, 1937, 
to Myrtle Walters, b. May 14, 1917, at London, Ont. Employed by 
Detroit Edison Co. Present address : 14868 Spring Garden Ave.; De- 
troit, Mich. Members of the Methodist Church. 

2. Clyde, b. Aug. 18, 1921. 

3. Grace, b. July 4, 1924. 

4. Frances, b. July 6, 1926. 


5. Charles Walters, b. Sept. 4, 1902, at Cincinnati, Ohio; m. at 
St. Clairsville, Ohio, April 5, 1924, Edith Steed, b. March 16, 1906, 
in Belmont Co., Ohio. Occupation: stationary engineer. Present 
address: N. 16th St., Coshocton, Ohio. Issue: two children. 

1. Emma Virginia, b. Jan. 17, 1925. 

2. Patricia Ann, b. Aug. 5, 1928. 

6. Thelma Marie, b. Feb. 14, 1910; m. at Coshocton, Ohio, July 
9, 1932, to Ray Pierce Cox, b. Jan. 15, 1910, at Coshocton, Ohio. 
Employed by the Rubber Co. Members of the Nazarene Church. 
Present address: 1276 E. Vine St., Coshocton, Ohio. Issue: two 

1. Joyce Regina, b. May 25, 1933. 

2. Ray Pierce, b. March 26, 1938. 

7. Martha La Verne, b. April 4, 1912, at Martins Ferry, Ohio; 
m. Jan. 23, 1928, to Francis Lillibridge, b. Dec. 4, 1906, at Tyndale, 
Ohio. Occupation : miner. Present address : Main St., Coshocton, 
Ohio. Issue: five children. 

1. Ramona Laverne, b. Oct. 21, 1928. 

2. Pauline Elizabeth, b. Feb. 2, 1930. 

3. Francine Marie, b. Aug. 1, 1931. 

4. Naurine Eileen, b. Aug. 1, 1931; d. July 28, 1932. 

5. Charmane Louise, b. March 1, 1935. 

8. Richard Arthur, b. Nov. 20, 1913, at Martins Ferry, Ohio; 
m. May 6, 1932, at Wellsburg, W. Va., Marion Untied, b. Aug. 10, 
1894, at Trinway, Ohio. Occupation : steel worker. Present address : 
Hollidays Cove, W. Va. Issue : three children. 

1. Lois Jean, b. Feb. 4, 1933. 

2. Richard Arthur, b. Jan. 9, 1936. 

3. Naomi June, b. May 28, 1938. 

3. Henry Holsinger, b. Feb. 1, 1872, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. 
July 30, 1891, at Tiffin, Ohio, Bertha Vandigriff. They are di- 
vorced. Occupation : blacksmith and steam fitter. Present address : 
2221 Sylvan Ave., Toledo, Ohio. 

4. Elmer Holsinger, b. Oct. 1, 1874, at Tiffin, Ohio. Occupation: 
farmer. He married on July 1, 1897, at Tiffin, Ohio, Minnie Hade, 
b. Oct. 27, 1879, in Seneca Co., Ohio. Present address : Tiffin, R. D., 
Ohio. Issue: eight children. 

1. Frank, b. July 5, 1898; d. Feb. 26, 1930. 

2. Eugene, b. May 5, 1900, in Seneca Co., Ohio ; m. at Fremont, 


Ohio, July 10, 1920, Florence Baker, b. June 29, 1899, in Seneca 
County, Ohio. Occupation : vice president for Crushed Stone Co. 
Present address: 1 1859 Edgewater Drive, Lakewood, Ohio. 

3. Albert, b. Aug. 21, 1902, in Seneca Co., Ohio; m. at Tiffin. 
Ohio, Doris Zimmerman, b. June 12, 1906, in Sandusky Co., Ohio. 
■He is traffic manager. Present address: 126 Silcr St., Fremont, 
Ol io. Issue: one child. 

1. Richard, b. June 7, 1923. 

4. Evelyn, b. March 28, 1909; d. April 11, 1909. 

5. Thelma, b. March 30, 1910, in Seneca Co., Ohio ; in. April 10. 
1930, Carlton Heilman, b. Feb. IS. 1908, at West Lodi, Ohio. Oc- 
cupation: farmer. Present address: Tiffin, R. D., Ohio. Issue: five 
ch ldren. 

1. Paul Eugene, b. March 18, 1931 ; d. April 25, 1931. 

2. Mildred Marie, b. April 19, 1932. 

3. Dale Burton, b. March 11, 1934. 

4. Wayne LeRoy, b. Aug. 7, 1935. 

5. Carl Edward, b. March 14, 1937. 

6. Zenana, b. Jan. 10, 1917. 

7. Jessie, b. Aug. 26, 1918; m. Dec. 2, 1939, at Elmore, Olio, to 
Richard Jeanette, b. Nov. 5, 1917, at Lewis Center, Ohio. Members 
of Methodist Church. Present address: Bettsville, Ohio. 

8. Fred, b. Sept. 19, 1920. 

5. Laura, b. Nov. 20, 1882, at Tiffin, Ohio; m. at Tiffin to J. T. 
Filson, b. Sept. 10, 1877, at Clyde, Ohio. Occupation : farmer. 
Present address: Tiffin, R. D., Ohio. Members of Methodist Church. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Clyde, b. Oct. 6, 1904, at Fort Seneca, Ohio; m. at Nevada, 
Ohio, Feb. 7, 1931, to Catherine English, b. Sept. 6, 1911, at Toledo, 
Ohio. Occupation : gardener. Present address : Tiffin, R. D., Ohio. 
Members of Baptist Church. Issue : one child. 

1. Frances, b. Dec. 28, 1931. 

2. Lyle, b. July 12, 1912. 

4. Jacob Holsinger, b. May 1, 1849, in Franklin Co., Pa. ; d. April 
23. 1937, at Chambersburg, Pa.; buried in Grindstone Hill Cemetery, 
Franklin Co., Pa.; m. Dec. 21, 1871, at Greencastle, Pa., Sarah 
Werner, b. Sept. 15, 1839, in Franklin Co., Pa.; d. July 7, 1917, near 
Chambersburg, Pa. ; buried in Union Cemetery near Grindstone 


Hill Church. Members of Reformed Church. Issue: four children. 

1. Mary Ellen, b. May 8, 1873, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. May 1, 
1900, to Frank Luderer, b. March 27, 1864, in Germany, died and is 
buried in Lake City, Pa. Issue : live children. 

1. Joseph Bowman, b. Jan. 29, 1897, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. 
Oct. 11, 1917, at Hagerstown, Md., Rachel Holden, b. Jan. 17, 1898, 
in Franklin Co., Pa. Occupation : farmer. Present address, Cham- 
bersburg, R. D., Pa. Issue: ten children. 

1. Glen, b. Sept. 20, 1918. 

2. Joseph, b. and d. Jan. 14, 1919. 

3. Helen E., b. Nov. 3, 1921. 

4. Kenneth A., b. May 17, 1924. 

5. Wayne L., b. Feb. 26, 1926. 

6. Robert G., b. Nov. 28, 1927. 

7. Mary G., b. Dec. 25, 1929. 

8. Frances L., b. and d. Oct. 29, 1931. 

9. Charles W., b. Sept. 6, 1932. 

10. R. Dale, b. June 10, 1937. 

2. Annie, b. May 25, 1901 ; m. on Oct. 17, 1929, to William Schaf- 
fer, b. Aug. 7, 1895. Present address : Fayetteville, Pa. Issue : one 

1. Robert William, b. Feb. 11, 1931 ; d. April 23, 1931. 

3. Elsie, b. July 4, 1902, at Lake City, Pa.; m. June 6, 1923, to 
Walter Sarginger, b. May 20, 1891, at St. Marys, Pa. Members of 
Presbyterian Church. Present address : Coudersport, R. D., Pa. 
Occupation : farmer. Issue : two children. 

1. Lucile Marie, b. April 4, 1925. 

2. Richard Lytle, b. Jan. 31, 1927. 

4. Lillian, b. Aug. 7, 1904; m. Irvin Miller. Present address: 
Ephrata, R. D., Pa. 

5. Lena, b. Oct. 31, 1906, in Elk Co., Pa. ; m. at Hagerstown, Md., 
Nov. 25, 1925, to William Keefer, b. Nov. 28, 1896, at Horse Valley. 
Pa. Occupation: painter. Present address: Chambersburg, R. D.. 
Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Mary Alice, b. May 3, 1928. 

Mary Ellen Holsinger Luderer m. second time, April 14, 1910, to 
William Crider, b. June 27, 1869, at St. Thomas, Franklin Co.. 
Pa. He is a miner. Present address: 511 Broad St., Chambersburg, 
Pa. Issue : one child. 


1. Emma, b. Jan. 29, 1911; m. Glen Ewan, b. March 1, 1907, at 
Chambersburg, Pa. He is a barber. Members of U. B. Church. 
Present address: 90 X. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. 

2. Ida, b. Sept. 3, 1875, in Quincy Twp., Franklin Co., Pa.; m. 
Nov. 26, 1896, to John Vondreaw, b. Aug. 20, 1871, in Franklin Co., 
Pa. Occupation: farmer. Residence: Guilford Twp., Franklin Co., 
Pa. Issue : twelve children. 

1. Irvin H., b. March 13, 1897, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. June 20, 
1928, at Chambersburg, Pa., to Beatrice Newell, b. Sept. 20, 1906. 
at Chambersburg, Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Donald Irvine, b. March IS, 1929. 

2. Geary, b. Aug. 31, 

3. Mary, b. Oct. 8, 1899; d. June 8, 1900. 

4. Anthony, b. Jan. 17, 1901, near Chambersburg, Pa.; m. March 
29, 1927, Carrie Brechbill, b. July 2, 1908, near Greencastle, Pa. 
Present address : Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Laben, b. Dec. 18, 1932. ! 

5. Mertie E., b. Dec. 27, 1903, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. Howard 
Brechbill. Present address : Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. Issue : four 

1. Roy Theodore, b. Sept. 30, 1926. 

2. Ralph Edward, b. March 4, 1928. 

3. Ida Mae, b. Feb. 10, 1930. 

4. Gladys Irene, b. Oct. 8, 1933. 

6. Charles. 

7. Ralph, b. April 8, 1905, in Franklin Co., Pa. ; m. Dec. 25, 1925, 
to Emma Schuchman, b. Aug. 16, 1906, at Chambersburg, Pa. Mem- 
bers of Church of God. Occupation : baker. Present address : 358 W. 
Queen St., Chambersburg, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Dorthy Marie, b. Aug. 24, 1927. 

2. Catharine Lucille, b. Sept. 12, 1930. 

8. Howard, b. Jan. 4, 1907; m. June 14, 1930, at Hagerstown, Md., 
to Mary Yeager, b. June 8, 1908, at Chambersburg, Pa. Occupation : 
carpenter. Present address : Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. Issue : three 

1. Robert Eugene, b. March 19, 1931. 

2. John William, b. July 20, 1935. 

3. Ethel Joan, b. June 2, 1937. 


9. Sarah, b. Jan. 17, 1908; m. May 23, 1925, at Hagerstown, Md., 
to Wilbur Heefner, b. in Quincy Twp., Franklin Co., Pa. Occupa- 
tion : farmer. Present address : Greencastle, R. D., Pa. Issue : nine 

1. Wilbur Vondreaw, b. July 11, 1925. 

2. Sarah Louise, b. Aug. 24, 1926. 

3. Donald Eugene, b. Sept. 4, 1927. 

4. Frances Gertrude, b. May 6, 1929. 

5. Peggy Ann, b. Jan. 30, 1931. 

6. Harold Leroy, b. Dec. 3, 1933. 

7. Lois Jean, b. May 12, 1934. 

8. Janet Elizabeth, b. Jan. 25, 1936. 

9. Martha Marie, b. Jan. 2, 1938. 

10. Jacob, b. Aug. 16, 1909, in Guilford Twp., Franklin Co., Pa.; 
m. at Hagerstown, Md., Sept. 7, 1929, to Carrie Gossert, b. Feb. 14, 
1910, at Quincy, Pa. Members of U. B. Church. Occupation : 
laborer. Present address ; Waynesboro; R. D., Pa. Issue : two 

1. Vernon E., b. March 2, 1930; d. March 3, 1930. 

2. Ruby E., b. July 12, 1931. 

11. Ellen, b. Sept. 8, 1911, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. at Hagers- 
town, Md., Nov. 26, 1931, to George Leininger, b. Dec. 5, 1902, at 
Chambersburg, Pa. Present address : Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. 
Occupation : gasoline station operator. Issue : three children. 

1. Charles Lester, b. March 20, 1933. 

2. Betty Jane, b. June 25, 1935. 

3. Mary Joanne, b. Aug. 18, 1937. 

12. Paul, b. March 24, 1915, at Scotland, Pa. ; m. at Hagerstown, 
Md., on June 8, 1935, to Janet Oberholzer, b. 1919 at Waynesboro, 
Pa. Present address : Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Esther, b. Feb. 14, 1936. 

2. Elsie, b. June 17, 1937. 

3. Lillian, b. March 18, 1881, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. at Marion, 
Pa., Nov. 28, 1907, to Mark.A. Saum; b. June 11, 1878, in Franklin 
Co., Pa. Members of the Reformed Church. Present address : 
Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. 

4. Mertie A., b. Dec. 30, 1882; unmarried. 


5. John L. Holsinger, b. April 14, 1856, near Chambersburg, Pa. ; 
m. at Chambersburg, Pa., Nov. 2, 1880, to Annie Fickes, b. Jan. 27, 
1857, at Chambersburg, Pa. Occupation: farmer. Member of Breth- 
ren Church. Present address : Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. Issue : two 

1. Laura C, b. Nov. 16, 1881, in Franklin Co., Pa.; m. at Green- 
castle, Pa., in 1907, to J. B. Bittinger, d. and is buried in Fairview 
Cemetery. Members of Brethren Church. Issue: one child. 

1. Robert, m. Mary Hawking. 

2. Aaron B., b. Oct. 9, 1891 ; unmarried. 

6. Mary E. Holsinger, b. July 14, 1861 ; d, Aug. 10, 1923; buried 
in Grindstone Hill Cemetery; m. March 6, 1890, to Hiram George. 
Present address of family : Chambersburg, R. D., Pa. 

The eighth child of David and Lydia Mack Holsinger was born 
on February 25, 1825, and given the name of Catherine. She died 
January 6, 1892. She was married twice ; first to Samuel Benedict. 
Four or five children were born to them, but all died young with 
the exception of Elizabeth. She married second John Horn. On 
March 29, 1855, Catherine was married to John Friedly. Issue : 
three children. 

1. Samuel, m. a Foreman. Present address: Waynesboro, R. D., 
Pa. Issue : one child. 

1. Zula. 

2. Annie, b. June 4, 1856, at Mt. Alto, Pa.; d. Nov. 19, 1925, at 
Shady Grove, Pa. ; buried in Prices Cemetery near Waynesboro ; 
in. at Mt. Alto, Oct. 11, 1883, to William Anthony, b. Feb. 10, 1857, 
at Hagerstown, Md. ; d. July 23, 1911, at Shady Grove, Pa.; buried 
in Prices Cemetery near Waynesboro, Pa. Members of the Church 
of the Brethren. He was a minister and schoolteacher. Address of 
family : Shady Grove, Pa. Issue : two children. 

1. Edgar F., b. March 8, 1885, at Hagerstown, Md. ; member of 
the Church of the Brethren ; m. Feb. 28, 1907, at Shady Grove, Pa., 
to Carrie Smith, b. Aug. 4, 1886, at Waynesboro, Pa. Occupation : 
machinist. Present address: Shady Grove, Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Richard W., b. July 25, 1917. 

2. William, b. Aug. 29, 1888; m. Mary Kneisley. 


3. Sadie F., m. a Bowers, a widower. Present address : Green- 
castle, Pa. 

The ninth child of David and Lydia Mack Holsinger was born on 
March 6, 1827, and died September 3, 1828. She was given the 
name of Margaret. 

The tenth child of David and Nancy Mack Holsinger was born 
March 6, 1827, and died July 19, 1827. She was given the name of 

The eleventh child of David and Lydia Mack Holsinger was born 
on June 22, 1828, and died March 21, 1855. She was named Christena. 

The twelfth child of David and Lydia Mack Holsinger was torn 
January 2, 1830, and was given the name of Sarah. She was mar- 
ried to James Pogue. She died in July 1908. 

The thirteenth child of David and Lydia Mack Holsinger was 
born on September 17, 1833, and given the name of David. He 
died March 31, 1895 ; married twice, first to Elizabeth Postetter. 
To this union was born one child whom they named Norman. He 
was born at New Salem, Pennsylvania; died at New Salem, Penn- 
sylvania, January 25, 1925 ; buried in the Brethren Cemetery at 
Broadfording, .Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Brethren 
Church. Occupation: butcher. He married Eliza Myers who was 
born August 13, 1861 at Huyette, Pennsylvania. She died April 6, 
1928 at New Salem, Pennsylvania; buried in the Brethren Cemetery 
at Broadfording, Pennsylvania. Issue: seven children. 

1. Annie E„ b. Feb. 23. 1885; m. Dec. 6, 1906, to Jacob L. Hart- 
ranft, b. Feb. 1, 1878. Occupation: farmer. Member of the Mennonite 
Church. Present address : 532 Salem Ave., Hagerstown, Md. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Homer Leroy, b. Nov. 12, 1907. 

2. Hazel Blanche, b. Oct. 4, 1909; m. Oct. 7, 1936, to Wilbur 
Grossnickle, b. June 1, 1907, at Beaver Creek. Member of the Breth- 
ren Church. Occupation : auto dealer. Present address : Mercers- 
burg, Pa. 

2. Alvey D., b. Dec. 20, 1886; m. Dec. 24, 1907. Mary E. Hainisb. 
b. Oct. 3, 1888. Members of Brethren Church. Occupation : butcher. 
Present address : Hagerstown, R. D., Md. Issue : three children. 

1. Howard A., b. Dec. 15, 1908. Member of the Brethren Church. 
Occupation : butcher. Present address : 739 S. Potomac St., Hagers- 
town, Md.; m. Sept. 1, 1932, Frances M. Lefever. b. Dec. 8, 1907. 


2. Lewis Elwood, b. Nov. 17, 1910. Member of the Brethren 
Church. Occupation : butcher. He married Aug. 17, 1932, Helen 
Bcsecker, b. Oct. 1, 1910. Present address: Maugansville, Md. Is- 
sue : two children. 

1. Robert Eugene, b. June 6, 1933. 

2. Mary Allen, b. Feb. 12, 1935. 

3. Thelma V., b. April 19, 1918. 

3. Clarence B., b. April 21, 1890; m. Pauline Wrightler, who 
died and is buried in Thurmont, Md., Cemetery. Address of family: 
Baltimore, Md. Issue: one child. 

1. Evelyn, b. July 5, 1919. 

4. Bertha C, b. Sept. 29, 1893. Member of Brethren Church. 
Occupation : clerk. Address : Hagerstown, R. D., Md. 

5. Lulu M., b. Oct. 26, 1896; m. Aug. 18, 1918, to Charles W. 
Martin, b. Jan. 3, 1896. Occupation: farmer. Members of Mennon- 
ite Church. Present address: Hagerstown, R. D., Md. Issue: eight 

1. Edwin Alvey, b. April 24, 1919; d. April 29, 1919. 

2. Leonard Alfred, b. April 18, 1920; d. June 29, 1934. 

3. Glenn Irvin, b. Sept. 18, 1922. 

4. Elsie Viola, b. Sept. 6, 1925. 

5. Beulah Genevie, b. Jan. 8, 1928. 

6. Miriam Catharine, b. Oct. 22, 1930. 

7. Thurman Charles, b. April 14, 1933. 

8. Nathan Donald, b. April 23, 1936. 

6. Mary J., b. May 28, 1899; m. Lee A. Wolf kill. Members of 
Brethren Church. Present address : Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, 
Md. Occupation : vault maker. 

7. Clyde M., b. Jan. 23, 1902; m. Gladys Reed. Member of Bap- 
tist Church. Occupation : butcher. Present address : Waynesboro, 
R. D., Md. Issue : one child. 

1. Carole Jean, b. Aug. 20, 1936. 

David Holsinger married his second wife, Elizabeth Winger, the 
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Grove Winger. She was born 
July 14, 1838, and died November 30, 1917. She is buried at Browns 
Run Church near Greencastle, Pennsylvania. 

JACOB MACK (1773-1855) 

Jacob Mack (Alexander Mack, Alexander Mack, Jr., William 
Mack, Jacob Mack) was the firstborn to William and Agnes Gantz 
Mack. They, as has been mentioned elsewhere, were united in 
marriage in Franklin County, Pennsylvania (then known as Cum- 
berland) on October 13, 1772. Jacob was born in the vicinity of 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, August 29, 1773. The other children of 
William Mack have been listed elsewhere with the descendants, 
whose names have been secured. It is likely that the boyhood of 
Jacob was very much like that of the average Pennsylvania boy of 
his time. He was just a lad during the trying times of the Revolu- 
tionary War. The usual discussion perhaps interested him only as 
now and then it fell upon the ears of an active chap busy with the 
weightier problems, to him, of childhood. Likely he was taught 
the rudiments of the trade of his father as he played and early 
learned to work around the shop there in Franklin County, Penn- 
sylvania, as we know the name of the county today. Letters came 
from the grandfather, Alexander Mack, Jr., of Germantown, from 
time to time. Visits were infrequent, owing to the difficulty of 
travel in those days. The streams of the community likely interested 
the lad in fishing, and perhaps the woods and forests of the near-by 
mountains called for prowess with the rifle. The old muzzle loader 
rifle with its flint lock was a part of every home of the day. Boys 
were taught to use the rifle early in life. Though life was hard, 
wants were not as numerous as at the present at the time when 
yesterday's luxuries had not become the necessities of today. How- 
ever, life in those days in the western country was enjoyed. The 
Indians at this time seldom came close enough to more than make 
life interesting. Their depredations were moving farther and farther 
westward. Just nine years before Jacob was born, in 1764, had 
occurred the massacre of Enoch Brown and his pupils at Guitners 
little schoolhouse, on the outskirts of the Conococheague settle- 
ment, to the northwest of Greencastle. 



Wbetl the lad became of school age, letters from Germantown 
became more and more numerous. Finally a decision was made and 
the lad was sent back to Germantown where he lived with his grand- 
father, Alexander Mack, Jr., and had the opportunity of attending 
Germantown Academy. Frontier schools not being as efficient and 
as convenient, this was one of the opportunities of the day for 
young Jacob Mack. He frequently told the writer's grandfather 
and the grandfather's sister of those days about these experiences 
which were then passed on to the writer by them. 

After a time spent with his grandfather in his Germantown home 
and the days of education over in the little Academy, he returned 
to Waynesboro. Suffice it to state that now for over two hundred 
years, the descendants of Alexander Mack have been "part and 
parcel" of Waynesboro. Its industries, its church life, and all 
things worth while have felt the uplifting hand of a long passed 
ancestor through the descendants. The living descendants in the 
city and county today are numerous, and richly add to the promi- 
nence of city and community. 

The West was alluring. Pennsylvania offered cheap land on its 
western borders. Civilization, as represented by hardy souls, was 
pushing its way through the gaps in the mountains and following 
the rivers. Jacob Mack, industrious and perhaps adventurous, 
listened to the reports that filtered back from the caravans that had 
gone to the lands toward the setting sun. No doubt he had witnessed 
the outfitting and starting of the Conestoga wagon trains and his 
blood was fired for like experiences. Thus we find him away over 
in the southwestern section of Pennsylvania, near where the settlers 
were protected by a fort built by a man named Mason. 

Whether young Jacob Mack came by way of Bedford County 
where some of his people had moved from Waynesboro, or direct 
to Fayette County from Waynesboro, is not stated. There were two 
main lines of emigration in the early years after the Revolutionary 
War. One was toward the northwest through Loys Gap, and the 
other was over the mountains following the road made by Brad- 
dock and George Washington. In fact General Washington was so 
impressed with the country over which he traveled as a young man 
that he took up land on tie Ohio River. He realized the need of a 
national highway to the West. In 1784, he started toward his West- 
ern lands beyond the mountains. He came to the Youghiogheny 


River, rowed down that to Ohiopyle and then portaged across to the 
Monongahela River. Here with his retinue he ascended the river 
and passed by a settlement later to be known as Masontown. He 
ascended the river stopping near the Virginia line in Pennsylvania. 
Here while interviewing the settlers as to the best way of pursuing 
the journey, he was impressed by the suggestions of a young man 
of foreign appearance. After listening to him for some time, he 
remarked to him that he seemed to be well informed as to the 
country. This young man was Albert Gallatin, who was later 
Secretary of the United States Treasury. Gallatin was also visited 
by General Lafayette in 1825 when a tour of the country was made. 
A large mural of this may be seen in the Masontown Post Office. 

Jacob Mack came by the little settlement of Uniontown, which 
was already feeling the pangs of becoming the county seat of the new 
county. The temporary courthouse must have loomed large to him 
as he passed by on his way to his new home. As far as is known 
the first white explorers to search out Fayette County did so in 
1732. The first settlers (and historians disagree) did not settle 
here until 1751 and 1752. Wendell Brown and sons are said to 
have settled at what is known or was known as "Provance's Bot- 
tom." The Cumberland Road, later known as the National Pike, 
and now known by the unromantic number of "40," was then only 
an idea. So when Brown settled in Nicholson Township in or near 
Jacob's Creek, he had literally to carve his way through the wilder- 

The desire for cheap land brought many to the lands beyond the 
mountains. In the year 1792, land in Fayette County and in the 
vicinity of Masontown sold for two pounds and ten shillings per 
one hundred acres. Later in 1814 the price was stabilized at $10 per 
hundred acres. 

Jacob Mack was born of German parentage and spoke the lan- 
guage although he spoke and wrote the English as well. His edu- 
cation was far above the average of his time. Why he decided to 
settle in the then remote section of Fayette County will likely be 
explained by the influence of others of his language who had set- 
tled there. So many German speaking people had settled in the 
section around McClellandtown, and Brown's Run section, and 
around the East Abington plot owned by John Mason that when the 
first court met in Uniontown, December 27, 1783, to make the 


original divisions of the county into townships, this section was 
given the name of German Township. Thereby it became one of 
the nine original divisions. Early settlers from time to time wrote 
back to their relatives and thus the spirit of settling with others of 
like language and desires was only natural. 

In as much as the Macks had been and were millers, it is only 
natural to find the young man working at the trade he knew so 
well. From 1679 to the present time, 1943, we find some of the 
Macks still interested in milling. The viewers, at the request of the 
county officials, laid out a road from Uniontown over to Mason's 
Fort. This job was so well done that it is still known as the Mc- 
Clellandtown Road. It was off this road, approximately one mile 
up Brown's Run, that we find the young man Mack. 

Brown's Run seemed to be a favorite with the early settlers as 
a mill stream. In the early pioneer days there were three mills on 
this stream, Gilmore's, Work's, and Andrew Rabb's. The land 
where Jacob Mack lived and operated the mill was upon the Bakers- 
ton survey. The distance to the Monongahela River was not much 
over a mile. The river was their highway to many of the far-off 
places, and naturally to be either on or near a river would be con- 
sidered a choice site. Then this was also close to Fort Mason which 
meant protection from the rougher elements of the frontier. It was 
here just a few years before young Jacob Mack came to settle that 
people rose in arms because of the tax upon whisky. It became 
known as the Whisky Insurrection. The pioneers could carry the 
products of an acre or more to market on their horse when the 
products were in a jug. They considered this a serious infringement 
on their rights, and made it known in no uncertain terms. The 
United States changed the minds of those who had risen in such 
high dudgeon against the restrictions by sending in the army. Some 
of the whisky boys set up poles in the settlements around which 
they rallied. One was set on the hill above Mason's Fort, in what is 
now Masontown, and the boys cavorted around it stating their in- 
tentions, no doubt with much consumption of their products. The 
fort stood just back of the present residence of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. 
Shoaf on Water Street. The fort was located there because of a 
fine spring. When the coal was mined, the spring was destroyed. 

Jacob Mack took unto himself a wife who understood and spoke 
his language. She too was German. Her name was N'ancy Moser. 


Unlike Jacob, however, she was born in Germany. She came to 
America when she was twelve years of age upon an emigrant ves- 
sel. Sea trips in those days were times of great distress. The trip 
for her required six months and she never forgot the hardships of 
the voyage. Frequently she spoke of it to her children and grand- 
children. Her people, the Mosers, were wealthy people, and a 
fortune was left in the "Old Country." There were numerous in- 
dividuals who expressed a desire and intent to go over and secure 
the fortune to bring it to America. Suffice it to say that it was 
never done. 

Life was far from dull for the young couple living on Brown's 
Run, and bringing up their family. Working hard to make a liveli- 
hood, they still had time to take part in the life of the community. 

While the young man was living in the community, he saw nu- 
merous changes. One of the greatest of his time, and one that was 
much discussed, was the opening of the new government road 
through to the West. The slave issue was a keen issue of those 
days. Many settlers had gone on to Ohio and to the other sections 
of the West. It was thought a wise move to offer them a highway 
to the East to allay any idea of secession. Where the pioneers were 
gathered discussing the problems and events of the day, the matter 
of the road over the mountains from the village growing up around 
a fort on the Potomac which they called Cumberland was of chief 
interest. Committees were formed in various towns to have the 
road come through their particular village. It was a great day 
when the first stagecoach to carry the mail over the new road 
brought its load into the Uniontown settlement from Cumberland 
on August 1, 1818. The road was finished that far in the fall of 
1818. Sections were unfinished to Wheeling. Traffic was beyond 
the dreams of the builders. They thought the road would last for 
twenty-five or fifty years without repairs. The thousands of animals 
and wagons and stagecoaches soon convinced the government that 
here was an unexpected item of expense. Traffic was so heavy that 
one man counted one hundred thirty-three six-horse wagons in one 
day passing over the road. The large Conestoga wagons carried 
approximately five tons per load. He did not count the wagons 
pulled by a less number of horses or oxen. Adams, who later gave 
his name to an express company, had a concession for express on 
the highway. A fast mail was carried over the road which traveled 



the distance between Uniontown and Cumberland in six hours. 
Boys riding horses, changing them every seven miles and starting 
at the same time from each end of the route, made this a talked 
about affair of the times. Later this was instituted at St. Joseph, 
Missouri, to the West and was known as the "pony express." The 
government in 1835 settled the matter of upkeep on the new road by 
turning it over to the states through which it passed, after repairing 
the road, and these states installed toll gates. The first was installed 
in 1835. The first gates were of iron, and later consisted of long 
poles lowered and raised over the right of way. The writer re- 
members some of them, when a boy in eastern Ohio, on this same 
Xational Pike. The pony express of a far-off day has now given 
way to airmail at Masontown, with mail dropped and picked up 
twice a day at one hundred twenty-five miles per hour. 

Jacob Mack often traveled to the settlement around Mason's Fort, 
just over the hill from the mill and farm where he lived. Across 
fields, the distance was not much over a mile. It was a matter of 
great local interest when the settlement of "Germantown" there on 
the hill above the fort received a new name. John Mason owned 
the tract called East Abington. On May 29, 1798, he conveyed to 
the inhabitants, by deed, the streets, alleys, etc., with the usual 
privileges and franchises conveyed in town charters. Germantown 

House on Brown's Run, Fayette Co., Pa., where Jacob Mack, the 
grandson of Alexander Mack, Jr., lived. Picture taken in 1880. 


became Masontown. It must have reminded the young man Jacob 
of his boyhood home just west of the beautiful mountains in 
Waynesboro. The beauty of the forest-decked hills sloping down 
to the river on the west and the blue mountain range to the east ; the 
higher chain of hills above the town, certainly must have from time 
to time aroused feelings of homesickness for the home of other 

A man with a young and growing family, increasing from year to 
year has little time to think of other days. Also there were other 
things to do. They were far from the church of their faith. Jacob 
was true to the faith of his grandfather and great-grandfather. 
Meetings were held in homes and barns. More about this is in an- 
other section, which tells about the building of the first church of 
their faith, German Baptist, or Tunker, in this community. 

The home where Jacob Mack lived and where his family was 
born still stands. However it has been remodeled at least twice 
and, of course, has lost its original appearance. Some of the original 
timbers are strong and sturdy, being of black walnut, of which there 
was a great abundance in those days. The mill no longer stands. 
The home and tract of land owned by Jacob now is owned by H. C. 
Wolf. In the old Bible of massive dimensions owned by Jacob 
Mack, he sets down the births of his children. The Bible is an 
English Bible though he read, wrote, and spoke the German. On 
the flyleaf of the Bible, Jacob wrote in a bold hand, "I, Jacob Mack, 
bought this book in the month of December 1821 for $7.50 and in 
March 6th 1845 I paid to Joseph Datz 75c for the rebinding of 
same." The Bible is now owned by David Mack, a great-grandson, 
who lives between Glenford and Brownsville, Ohio. Address: 
Glenford, R. D., Ohio. 1 

Pioneer days were days that brought out the sterling qualities of 
the individuals on the frontiers. A man was either a strong man or 
a memory. In a township where perhaps distilling was the major 
industry, not being held in disfavor by some as at the present, trou- 
bles were easily created. Jacob Mack was a large man, and one who 
was not particularly given to fear although he was not a man ready 

1. Dave Mack dropped dead at his home Thursday morning, 
Dec. 3, 1942. The funeral was held in the Glenford Ohio Brethren 
Church, and was in charge of Rev. Garber Drushall. Burial was in 
Highland Cemetery. 



to give offense but preferred the ways of peace to the ways of 
turmoil. Money was scarce in those days, and the way that a miller 
received pay for his services was by taking out an agreed portion of 
the finished grist. This was the general custom and was for the 
most part satisfactory. One day as Jacob Mack was grinding grist 
for a customer, he happened to look at an unsuspected time and 
found that the customer was getting his work done free by taking 
from the miller's bin when Jacob's back was turned, and putting it 
back into his own bags. Jacob's temper rose to a height where it 
seldom was accustomed to spend any time. Naturally some words 
passed. The other man also found that his temper was climbing 
and physical combat was threatened. The man who was taking that 
which belonged to the miller was also a man of large proportions. 
Jacob was not certain how the combat would come out, and said, 
"Now we are both incensed and angry, let us set a day and really 
find out who the best man is." To this the other man agreed. Jacob 
was somewhat uncertain as to how the matter would terminate, 
and whether he would be able to overcome his adversary. He learn- 
ed that the friends of his opponent were saying to this aforesaid op- 
ponent, "Kill the dom Mock." This so inspired Jacob that when the 
time came for the affair, he was able to completely overcome and 

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View of Masontown, Pa., at the present time 


thoroughly subdue his opponent. "Fist and skull" was about the 
only law to be had in the days upon the frontier when Jacob Mack 
ran his mill on Brown's Run. As we have mentioned the old mill is 
now only a memory. Traces of the mill dam where the children 
of Jacob Mack and those of the neighbors enjoyed hours of skating 
may be pointed out. The railroad came down the run, and the 
stones from the race and foundation were used for other purposes. 
This mill was owned by Joseph Galley in 1888. It was a cold winter 
and the wheel became clogged with ice. Joseph was upon the large 
wheel chopping the ice from the wheel, when by some misfortune he 
slipped as the wheel suddenly started to turn. He was horribly 
mangled and died there Jan. 4, 1888. That day of great tragedy is 
remembered by numerous citizens still living. The mill was never 
used after the death of Mr. Galley, and in 1889, known as "the year 
of the Johnstown flood," the dam and railroad were washed away, 
and the mill completely ruined by the high water. Job Deffenbaugh 
then razed the mill. 

Jacob and Nancy Moser Mack were the parents of seven children, 
whom he lists in the family Bible mentioned previously. The first 
born was given the name of Agnes. She was born January 10, 1797. 
Sarah was born June 25, 1798. John was born Oct. 8, 1800. Jacob 
was born November 3, 1803. Alexander was born April 8, 1807. 
Mary, or "Polly," was born November 20, 1812, and Anna the 
youngest was born June 1, 1815. They lived the normal busy life 
of the times. On the farm to the east lived the Leckrones, and on 
the farm to the west was joined the farm of the Longaneckers. The 
social life of the times brought the boys and girls together in their 
limited social affairs of the day. As shall be mentioned in another 
chapter, three of the girls married neighbor boys, Agnes marrying 
a Leckrone, and Sarah and Polly marrying Longaneckers. 

One of the afflictions of the time was that known as "fever and 
ague," or in those low locations "the shakes." Not knowing the 
cause of it they were continually seeking out locations free from 
this disorder. Little did they recognize the lowly annoying mosquito 
as the source of their difficulties. The national road was bringing 
travelers from the far West, Ohio, who told of the land toward the 
west with its opportunities. This land could be bought at a reason- 
able price, and the elevation was such as to guarantee a better state 
of health. John, possessing the adventurous spirit which brought 


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his father as a young man from beautiful Franklin County to the 
wilds of southwestern Pennsylvania, longed to see what could be 
found beyond the Ohio River. With two other men he started over 
the new road that had been and was in the course of construction 
to the West. Walking they had plenty of time to spy out the land. 
It is only natural to assume that they were given lifts by kindly 
teamsters. Their journey took them over the rolling hills and 
through the streams. They crossed tie Muskingum River at the 
forks, where the Licking came to join it at Zanesville, Ohio. Fol- 
lowing the newly constructed road, they came through the little 
village named Gratiot (gray shot) named after a French officer in 
earlier wars, and on to the village two miles west of that, by the 
name of Brownsville. After spying out the land perhaps as did 
the spies of Biblical days, John Mack returned to the home on 
Brown's Run in Pennsylvania. Here he painted such a glowing 
picture of the opportunities of the West that the old pioneer spirit 
again possessed the heart of Jacob Mack, now no longer a young 

After numerous councils around the family fireside, and medi- 
tation to the sound of whirling millstones and the creaking mill 
wheel, the decision was made to go to the new country to the west. 
Approximately 1832 or 1833, the change of location was made after 
plans had been made for carrying on the mill work. Jacob was to 
remain on the home place and run the mill, which he did. John with 
his young wife; Alexander: Mary or "Polly;" and the youngest 
girl Anna said good-by to those remaining in the old home com- 
munity and took their departure to the land of the setting sun. The 
events of the trip will he passed over with the statement that after 
a period of time they finally reached the village of Brownsville, 
Ohio, some 150 miles from the old home in Pennsylvania. Here 
approximately three miles southwest a farm was secured, both well 
laying and well watered. Close by the side of a spring of clear cold 
water, he built the house. Here he was to spend his remaining days. 
The farm where John settled conveniently joined that of his father 
on the northeast. Hard by the farm of Jacob Mack, lay a farm be- 
longing to Philip Cooperrider. Philip's small son Aaron one day in 
the fall of the year decided he would visit "old man Mack's" water- 
melon patch. Little did he realize that the kindly old man would 
gladly have given him all he could carry. The lad thought it would 



be a lot of fun to get one of the "old man's melons." While the lad 
was in the patch, he was discovered. The lad ran as fast as his 
short legs would go, and likely fear lent speed to them, but Jacob 
Mack was of course able to run faster. However, he slowed his 
pace enough that he was just behind the lad. His arms were out- 
stretched as though to seize him by the collar. The lad ran as fast 
as he could and was permitted to escape. Into the house he ran as 
fast as he possibly could go, pulled the curtain aside which hid the 
space under the bed and under he went dropping the curtain in a 
hurry. No doubt the big, bearded man had difficulty in suppressing 
a smile. He hunted up the father of the lad and told him the cir- 
cumstances. "Do not whip the boy ; he has had his lesson," said 


James Quinter, contemporary of Elder Jacob Mack 



Cemetery near Brownsville, Ohio, where Jacob Mack, the grandson of Alexander Mack, Jr., is buried 

Jacob to his neighbor Philip. The "little boy's" son, Martin Cooper- 
rider, a man now in the evening time of a long life, who now owns 
the place where Jacob Mack lived and is buried, gave the writer the 
incidents of the above event. 

The years of Jacob Mack in Ohio were the normal years of a 
busy God-fearing man. He saw three of his children located near 
him, John a neighbor, the youngest daughter Anna married and 
settled near by, and Agnes married and located between the farm of 
the old folks and Brownsville. There is more about these in an- 
other chapter. The stagecoach brought communications from time 
to time from the folks in the home state of Pennsylvania. The son 
Jacob, a very active Tunker preacher, came on preaching missions 
from time to time. James Quinter, also very active in the work and 
quite a circuit rider, came from time to time to be entertained under 
the hospitable roof of Jacob Mack and the other children. Elder 
Quinter not only preached in the various homes opened to him, but 
held for them that which brought them great blessings, the Love 
Feast, or as sometimes called, the Communion Service. 

The end came as it comes to all mortals, and on March 24, 1855, 
the great-grandson of Alexander Mack, the beloved founder of 
the Tunker Church, closed his eyes upon the things of earth. Kind 
hands came to assist; mourners dropped their emblems of sorrow; 


and the little cemetery just beyond the orchard approximately one 
hundred yards east of the house where the kind old man passed 
away was made ready to receive his body. So at the age of 81 
years, 6 months, and 24 days, the busy life came to an end, and 
some three hundred and fifty miles from the scene of his birth, 
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, the worn-out body was laid away to 
await the trumpet that should call it to life everlasting. The little 
cemetery today, although 
not well kept up, contains 
the bodies of numerous 
relatives of the one who 
was not the first, however, 
to be laid to rest therein. 
The next year his compan- 
ion joined him in death on 
the fifth day of September 
1856. The marker over 
her grave states that she 
was about 85 years of 
age. She would never 
talk about the date of her 
birth and always spoke of 
her age, when the children 
brought up the matter, as 
so many years. The very 
simple stones over their 
graves are well preserved 
and perhaps for years un- 
known to the general 
church, the grave of the 
grandson of Alexander 
Mack, Jr., who was such 
a mighty pillar of the 
Church, lias been forgot- 

Tombstone of Jacob Mack, grandson of 
Alexander Mack, Jr. 


Agnes Mack, (Alexander, Alexander, Jr., William, Jacob, Agnes) 
was born at the old Mack home on Brown's Run, German Township, 
Pennsylvania, January 10, 1797. She was the firstborn to Jacob 
and Nancy Moser Mack. Agnes grew to womanhood in the com- 
munity of her birth. Her education was secured in the limited 
schools of the pioneer Fayette County community. It must be 
recalled that in those days full dependence was not placed on out- 
side sources in the matter of education. Teaching and training in 
the home was a faithful part of every pioneer home. This was 
especially true in the homes of the Macks in regard to their faith. 
Agnes was well trained in this regard. She in her old age revealed 
to one, who informed the writer, of her early courtship and final 
marriage. It seems that the Leckrones, sometimes spelled Leckron, 
who lived on the joining farm to the east were Mennonites. They 
had come in to the Brown's Run community from Westmoreland 
County, Pennsylvania. The Macks were staunch believers and were 
strong in the faith, so much so that at times the churches were 
called "Mack's Church." There is no record that the use of the 
name was ever encouraged by any of the family. Let us turn to the 
words of Miss Oma Karn, great-granddaughter of Agnes, who 
knew her well. "It seems," said Great-grandmother Agnes, "that 
Jacob had long desired her. But he was a Mennonite, rather his 
family were Mennonites. Agnes refused to consider his suit unless 
he consented to unite — at that time she was not baptized — with her 
with Mack's Church. Jacob demurred for awhile then capitulated. 
The day the young couple were baptized, the respective mothers 
stood side by side on the bank watching the scene. Mrs. Leckrone, 
naturally saddened over watching a son unite with a denomination 
not her own, said to Mrs. Mack, 'Agnes thinks she has done some- 
thing smart, getting Jacob to come with her. But just wait until 
they are married, then it will be Agnes the Mennonite instead of 
Jacob the Tunker.' The prophecy was never fulfilled, for poor Mrs. 
Leckrone in her grief and chagrin failed to reckon with the fact 




that her son Jacob was marrying a Mack." Jacob Leckrone was 
born May 16, 1794, in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He 
and Agnes Mack were married in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 
February 22, 1818. Here near Masontown they settled down and 
their first children were born to them. Later they moved to Licking 
County, Ohio, settling approximately one and one-half miles west 
of Brownsville, Ohio. 

The old farm upon which the Leckrones grew up in German 
Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, now is the site of a town 
known as Leckrone. None of the descendants bearing the name are 
now living in the home and community of their ancestors. This 
is approximately two miles by highway from the city of Mason- 
town. The part where the Leckrone house stands is now owned 
by Mrs. Martha Seese. 

The trip to Ohio was described by Agnes Mack Leckrone as one 
that required some time. There were several children and the 
wagon was loaded very heavily for the trip to the new country. 
The trip was not by any means a pleasure trip. The location that 
was to be their home for so many years was approximately three 
quarters of a mile to the southwest of the highest point on the Old 
Pike, the road leaving the pike nearly a mile west of Brownsville, 
Ohio, on the hill. Here they lived and prospered. Here they built 
that which was a novelty in that section of the country, if not in all 
central Ohio, the first bank barn in their region of the state. Their 

Old Leckrone home between Masontown, Pa., and Leckrone, Pa. 


home was the stopping place and the meeting place of the early 
pioneer preachers who came to Ohio. Services and especially the 
overflow meetings and the Love Feasts were held in this barn. Miss 
Oma Karn of Covington, Ohio, has in her possession, a green, blown 
glass, jug-shaped bottle, which was used by Elder Quinter in the 
Communion services held on the Jacob Leckrone farm. This jug 
was used in the passing of the wine. The writer enjoyed examining 
this bottle through the generosity of the owner. 

To the union of Jacob and Agnes Mack Leckrone were born 
seven children. The first was born in 1818, and died in 1845. The 
name David was given the first born. However, his life was brief. 
He passed away at the Ohio home on the ninth day of August 1845. 
The simple stone erected over his grave states that he was aged 
"26 years, 7 months, and 25 days." He is buried in the Mack Ceme- 
tery on the farm of his grandfather, Jacob Mack, where Jacob 
himself was laid away ten years from that time. Jacob and Agnes 
Mack Leckrone moved to Ankenytown, Knox County, Ohio, in 
their old age, and here they spent their declining days. Jacob passed 
from the scenes of earth on August 3, 1885, having reached nearly 
ninety years. His companion passed away July 21, 1889. She had 
reached the great age of 96 years, 5 months, and 26 days. Her 
last days were spent in darkness brought on by blindness. Miss 
Oma Karn, who has so graciously assisted in this work, gives a 
description of this noble old lady, whom she knew well. She states, 
"My last recollection of her is that of a woman past ninety years 
of age, erect, stately, yet gracious and winning of manner with a 
voice as clear as in youth. And she could use her voice in prayer 
and in exhortation ! Had the period during which she grew to 
womanhood offered the educational advantages of today, she cer- 
tainly would figure in history equal with our pioneer woman preach- 
er, Sarah Major. The two were very good friends." Jacob, Agnes, 
and three of their children, Anna Hendricks, Sarah, who never 
married, and Lydia Fiddler, are buried in the Owl Creek Church 
of the Brethren Cemetery at Ankenytown, Ohio. When they left 
the farm, they retired in the little village of Ankenytown. Here 
they were cared for in their last years by the unmarried daughter 

1. David Leckrone, b. 1818; d. Aug. 9, 1845; m. Catherine Bos- 
serman. Issue : one child. 



1. Martha Leckrone, b. April 13, 1845; d. June 19, 1913. She 
was married twice. Her first marriage was to Solomon Garman 
Karn in 1866. He was born near Tippacanoe City, Ohio, the son 
of Isaac and Catherine Garman Karn ; buried in the Cripe Cemetery 
near North Manchester, Ind. His grandfather was Elder Isaac 
Karn, one among the early circuit riders in Ohio and Indiana of 
the early Church of the Brethren. Issue: two children. 

1. Viola Karn, b. July 1867; d. Nov. 24, 1867. 

2. Salome (Oma) Garman Karn; b, April 12, 1869. Miss Karn 
now lives at 9 Walnut St., Covington, Ohio. She is true to the 
faith of her fathers, and is a member of the Covington Church of 
the Brethren. Her loyalty and faithfulness is an inspiration to her 
pastor, Rev. Ray Shank, a personal friend of the writer. Miss Karn 
is a writer in her own right. She is the author of numerous stories 
appearing in the literature of the Church of the Brethren. Boys and 
Girls were carriers for numerous stories. Her book, Millie and 
Mcikwci, a story for children, was a very popular production. The 
original issue was soon exhausted and many others were printed. 
Her desire was to be a teacher, but when fourteen years of age, an 
illness affected her hearing which forced a change in her plans. 
Therefore her pen, and later her typewriter, became her working 

Rpoxaona isv miss uma kaiin. 

Cemetery at Ankenytown, Ohio 




Martha Leckrone Karn 

equipment. She is a historian of note. Her help and encouragement 
in this production -has been of inestimable worth to the writer. A 
visit to her home in Covington paid large dividends. She brought 
out mementos of other days. A cup and saucer which were used 
by William and Agnes Gantz Mack brought serious thoughts of 
those worthies of other days. William, as will be recalled, was 
the son of Alexander, Jr. These and other collections made the 
years roll away and took the visitors back to the early days of our 
Church. Her letters are unique, and the fine humor running 
through them together with their historical worth have kept them 
out of the wastepaper basket. She has also supplied the writer with 
numerous books, both gifts and loans, which are highly valued. 
Her father passed away during her early childhood. Her mother 



married the second time in 1871 to Asa C. Karn, a cousin to her 
first husband. He was born near Tippecanoe City, Ohio. Martha 
Leckrone Karn died at Covington, Ohio, June 19, 1913, and is 
buried in Highland Cemetery. To the second union of Martha 
Leckrone Karn were born six children. 

1. Harriet Edna Karn, b. July 1874; m, Martin Minnich. Issue: 
one child. 

1. Lois, m. Willis C. Varner. Present address: Edwardsville, 111. 
Issue : four children. 

1. Wayne, b. 1929. 

2. Lemoine, b. 1931. 

3. Donald, b. 1934. 

4. Bruce, b. 1941. 

2. Mary Isabel Karn, b. April 1877; unmarried; d. Aug. 4, 1939. 

3. Ira Mack Karn, b. April 1879; m. Ellen Frank. Issue: two 

1. Huldah Karn, b. 1898 at Covington, Ohio; m. W. L. Douglas. 
Issue : six children. 

1. John Lee Douglas, b. 1918; married. Issue: one child. 
1. John Lee Douglas, b. 1940. 



Family of Martha Leckrone Karn: second from left, Martha Leck- 
rone Karn; next, Jonas Leckrone, son of Agnes Mack Leckrone. 
Taken 1911 at Anderson, Ind. 




Miss Oma Karn, Historian and Writer 

2. Robert Eugene Douglas, b. 1920; married. Issue: one child. 

1. Robert Eugene Douglas, b. 1940. 

3. Frank Edward Douglas, b. 1921. 

4. Richard Douglas, b. 1923. 

5. Betty Hazel Douglas, b. 1927 ; d. Dec. 6, 1930. 

6. James Alfred Douglas. 

2. Hazel Karn, b. at Covington, Ohio, 1899; m. Robert C. Penn- 
ington, business man. Present address : Toledo, Ohio. 

4. Inez Elma Karn, b. Nov. 14, 1880; m. Prof. B. F. Stuber. He 
holds the degree of B.M. from Dana University also a degree from 
Cornell University. He is now a member of the faculty of Alabama 
State University. Issue : two children. 

1. Ruth Stuber, b. at Chicago, 111., 1910; holds a B.M. degree 



from Northwestern University, and is a teacher; m. A. L. Jeanne, 
an engineer with the Bell Telephone Co. of New York City. Issue: 
one child. 

1. Robert Pierre Jeanne, b. Jan. 1942. 

2. Richard Stuber, b. 1917, at Warren, Ohio; d. Nov. 1936. 

5. M. Mae Karn, b. Oct. 20, 1883; unmarried. 

6. Anna Agnes Karn, b. Oct. 17, 1885; in. William Lyman, a 
civil engineer. 

2. Jonas Leckrone, the son of Jacob and Agnes Mack Leckrone, 
b. at the Leckrone home on Brown's Run, German Twp., Fayette 
Co., Pa. The date of his birth is not certain. He was married twice. 
His first wife was Mary Bosserman. She died young and is buried 
in the Mack Cemetery about three miles southwest of Brownsville, 
Ohio, on the place owned by Jacob Mack, and where he later was 
also buried. The modest stone over the grave of the young wife 
states in simple language, "Mary, wife of Jonas Leckrone, died 
October 3, 1852, aged 27 years and 7 days." The young mother left, 
besides her husband, a young son, whom they had given the name of 
Elijah. The date of his birth is not at hand. 


Ruth Stuber Jeanne and son Robert 


1. Elijah Leckrone, m. Nov, 3, 1870, Mary Ann Iix, daughter of 
George Fix, b. March 10, 1851 ; d. Jan. 4, 1930. She was brought Up 
by John and Anna Mack Cooperrider, who lived about three miles 
southeast of Brownsville, Ohio. Issue: seven children. 

1. Edna J. Leckrone, b. Nov. 4, 1871: d. about 193^; in. John 
Ohmart in 1898. Issue : one child. 

1. Nellie Ohmart, b. Dec. 20, 1900. 

2. Noah E. Leckrone, b. Oct. 9, 1873 ; married Dec. 25, 1902. Issue : 
four children. 

1. Elza A. Leckrone, b. Aug. 14, 1904; married March 11, 1928. 
Issue : four children. 

1. Dorothy E. Leckrone, b. April 2. 1929. 

2. Danna Marie Leckrone, b. Oct. 9, 1932. 

3. Vera May Leckrone, b. Oct. 22, 1934. 

4. Verl Edward Leckrone, b. Dec. 20, 1939. 

2. Eva Ellen Leckrone, b. July 1, 1912; m. a Rice, Oct. 19, 1933. 
Issue: two children. 

1. Robert Earl Rice, b. Oct. 13, 1934. 

2. Ruby Bernice Rice, b. Nov. 15, 1939. 

3. Esther Irene Leckrone, b. Aug. 25, 1916, married on Oct. 11. 
1935. Issue : two children. 

1. Delores Irene, b. June 6, 1936. 

2. Eugene Milo, b. May 9, 1938. 

4. Edwin Clay Leckrone, b. Dec. 16, 1921. 

3. Oma Leckrone, b. Nov. 29, 1875: m. Frank Ohmart. 1895. 
Issue : one child. 

1. Verl Ohmart, b. March 28, 1896; m. Gladys Tillman. Dec. 25. 
1922. Issue: two children. 

1. Betty Rose Ohmart, b. Oct. 19, 1923. 

2. Robert T. Ohmart, b. Jan. 13, 1925. 

4. George O. Leckrone, b. May 3, 1878; in. Lida Duncan, Dec. 17, 
1903. Present address: Wenatchee, R. 4., Wash. Members of the 
Church of the Brethren. Issue : five children. 

1. Elmer E. Leckrone, b. Oct. 9, 1904. 

2. Alice L. Leckrone, b. June 30, 1906; m. Wilfred Morrison, 
1927. Issue : one child. 

1. Irene. 

3. Jerry G. Leckrone, b. Sept. 25, 1911; niarri.'d. No issue. 


4. Albert E. Lcckrone, b. June 2, 1918. 

5. Verl E. Leckrone, b. Sept. 13, 1920. 

5. William E. Leckrone, b. June 3, 1882; m. Nellie Ulrey in 1902. 
Issue : three children. 

1. Glenn E. Leckrone, b. April 6, 1902. 

2. Mildred Leckrone, b. May 23, 1904. 

3. Frank Leckrone, b. Sept. 28, 1907. 

6. Alma F. Leckrone, b. Sept. 4, 1888; m. on Sept. 26, 1914, to 
Tom Quinn. Issue: three children. 

1. Clyde Eugene Quinn, b. June 13, 1909. 

2. Karl Carmen Quinn, b. June 13, 1917; married on April 17, 
1936. Issue: two children. 

1. Connie Jean Quinn, b. Oct. 31, 1937. 

2. Marge Ann Quinn, b. March 4, 1939. 

3. Helen Maxine Quinn, b. Nov. 14, 1918; married on April 11, 
1939. Issue : one child. 

1. Beverley Ann, b. Aug. 27, 1939. 

7. Glen M. Leckrone, b. Oct. 1892 ; d. 1898. 

Jonas Leckrone married a second wife, Marilla Flowers, of 

Brownsville, Ohio. She died at North Manchester, Ind. Issue to 

this union: one child. 

1. Alexander Leckrone. Present address: Anderson, Ind. 

3. Benjamin Leckrone, son of Jacob and Agnes Mack Leckrone, 

was born on Brown's Run, German Twp., Fayette Co., Pa., in Oct. 

1821. The farm on which the Leckrones lived is now the location 
of the town of Leckrone, named after them. 
It is a coal works town. The old brick house 
which sheltered the Leckrones of a century 
ago still stands in regal strength. Benjamin 
was early trained in the fundamentals deemed 
necessary in the home. He learned to write 
and to read early in life. His New Testa- 
ment, leather bound, has his name written 
in it under the date of 1839. The hand is a 
free hand and very good. The book is owned 
by the writer through the kindness of Miss 
Oma Karn of Covington, Ohio. Benjamin 

Benjamin Leckrone went to 0"'° w ' tn n ' s P arents ar >d grew to 


manhood on the farm southwest of Brownsville, Ohio. Here 
in sight of the Old National Pike, his life was one of activity 
and strict upbringing. The writer had passed many times by 
the old crumbling house when a boy. The house long has 
been abandoned and its logs are slowly settling into the mold ; 
briars, elderbushes, and sumac crowd the site where once 
teemed and throbbed the active life of another day. Benjamin 
Leckrone's last days were spent at Silver Lake, Ind. Here he passed 
from the scenes of life on Oct. 30, 1905. His body was laid to rest in 
Rose Hill Cemetery. To the last he was faithful to the church of 
his people, known now as the Church of the Brethren. Benjamin 
Leckrone was married Jan. 28, 1849 to Maria Higgenbotham. She 
was born in April 1827. Issue: eleven children. 

1. Jacob Leckrone, b. Dec. 24, 1849; m. Margaret Frederick, who 
d. May 1912. Issue : five children. 

1. Fred Leckrone, married. Issue: one child. 

1. Louis Leckrone. 

2. Owen Leckrone. 

3. Grace Leckrone, m. a Barnett. 

4. Ada Leckrone, m. a Ray. 

5. Cleve Leckrone. 

2. Ella Leckrone, b. Sept. 18, 1852; m. Dr. Amiss. She died 
March 1940. 

3. Matilda Leckrone, b. April 12, 1855 ; m. Harry Groninger, 
April 1883. Members of Church of Brethren. Present address: 
North Manchester, Ind. 

4. Solomon Leckrone, b. March 20, 1858; m. Bell Fiegley ; d. 
March 1938. Issue : seven children. 

1. Esther Leckrone, m. a Dunlapp. 

2. Bess Leckrone, m. a Curtiss. 

3. Robert Leckrone. 

4. Benjamin Leckrone. 

5. Oscar Leckrone. 

6. Ruth Leckrone, m. a Leininger. 

7. Paul Leckrone. 

5. Sarah Leckrone, b. Oct. 1860; m. Alvin Denney; she died in 
1910. Issue: four children. 

1. Maude Denney, m. a Fisher. 

2. Gr.ace Denney, m. a Rager. 


3, Burr Denney. 

4. Frank Denney. 

6. Martlia Leckrone, b. at Brownsville, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1862; m. 
Fred Home in 1886. Member of Brethren Church. Present address: 
Silver Lake, Ind. 

7. Aaron Leckrone, b. at Brownsville, Ohio, March 16, 1870. Oc- 
cupation: carpenter. He m. Aug. 5, 1916, Laura Stroup, b. March 
16, 1879. Members of the Church of the Brethren. Present address: 
South Whitley, Ind. 

In addition to the seven who have been named, we turn to the 
monuments in the Mack Cemetery where we find listed the following: 
"Mary, daughter of Benjamin and Maria Leckrone, d. Sept. 5, 1852; 
aged 16 mo., 2 d." ; "David, son of Benjamin Leckrone, d. Sept. 18, 
1867, aged 1 year, 3 mo., 5 d."; "Infant son; d. April 24, 1857; aged 
12 days"; "Infant son; d. Jan. 19, 1854; aged 1 day." 

4. Anna Leckrone was the oldest of the daughters born to Jacob 
and Agnes Mack Leckrone. The date of birth and death are not at 
hand. She married a Hendricks. There were no children. They 
spent the later years of their lives in Knox County, Ohio, about six 
miles from the little village of Ankenytown. They are both.buried 
in the Owl Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery. Lyola Leckrone, 
the youngest daughter, married Abner Fidler. There were born to 
them, twins, a boy and a girl. The son never married ; the daughter 
is married. The mother is also buried in the Owl Creek Church of 
the Brethren Cemetery near Ankenytown, Ohio. Catherine Leck- 
rone married Robert Lampton. A list of the descendants will be 
given shortly following. Sarah Leckrone never married. She died 
in 1914 at a ripe old age of 86. She is also buried in the Owl Creek 
Cemetery near her other relatives. She, too, was a staunch member 
of the Dunkard Church. The writer while a student in Ashland 
College from time to time would preach in the Ankenytown Breth- 
ren Church. The John Guthrie home where we were entertained 
from time to time was near the Leckrone home. We visited with 
Sarah Leckrone. Sarah, as was the custom of many women of her 
age in her day, was a smoker of the clay pipe. She had left instruc- 
tions not "to bring the young preacher over without warning" ; she 
did not want to be seen with the pipe going full blast. Her picture 
was desired but she had an aversion to having any pictures made. 
This was handed down from her strict parents, and remained with 


her to the last. There were temptations to snap a picture unin- 
vited, but we did not do it. One day while she was being visited in 
Ankenytown by her little two-year-old niece, Inez Karn, in com- 
pany with the little child's mother, to the amazement of all when 
the little girl saw for the first time, Sarah take out her pipe and 
start it going, shouted, " 'mokin fire. Wicked! Wicked!" One who 
accompanied the amazed tot said that her mother almost fainted 
and that "Aunt Sarah acknowledged the justice of the accusation, 
and the nastiness of the habit, yet it seemed it held an obsession she 
could not break." In her young womanhood she was a woman of 
striking beauty. In her old age she was somewhat stooped, but 
traces of the beauty of another day were easily discernible upon the 
face of the rather small old lady. 

Catherine Leckrone (Alexander Mack, Alexander Mack, Jr., 
William Mack, Jacob Mack, Agnes Mack Leckrone, Catherine 
Leckrone) was born March 24, 1834, likely near Brownsville, Ohio. 
She was the daughter of Jacob and Agnes Mack Leckrone. She 
died Aug. 15, 1884, at the Lampton home about three miles north- 
west of Brownsville, Ohio, upon what is known as Flint Ridge. 
She was married June 28, 1857, to Robert Lampton. He was born 
April 25, 1832. He was a descendant of a long line of English 
Lampions of which more will be told later. All their married life 
was spent on the old Lampton Homestead on Mint Ridge, which 
has been in the Lampton name and occupied by them for well over 
one hundred years. Robert Lampton died March 13, 1916 and is 
buried by the side of his wife on the old Mack farm and in the Mack 
Cemetery where so many relatives are buried. To this union were 
born twelve children. 

1. Mary Agnes Lampton, b. at the Lampton home northwest of 
Brownsville, Ohio, July 4, 1858; d. Sept. 3, 1877; buried in the Mack 
Cemetery, southwest of Brownsville, Ohio. 

2. Anna M. Lampton, b. northwest of Brownsville, Ohio, Sept. 
19. 1859; d. May 24, 1878; buried in the Mack Cemetery. 

3. Lydia E. Lampton, b. Sept. 25, 1861, on the Lampton home 
farm ; m. March 1, 1883 to John Cooperrider, b. Jan. 25, 1860. She 
was a member of the Brethren Church, later affiliating with the 
Lutheran. The Cooperrider home is southwest of Brownsville, 
Ohio. Address: Glenford, R. D., Ohio. She died July 9, 1938; 


buried in Good Hope Cemetery, three miles northeast of Glenford, 
Ohio. Issue : six children. 

1. Lorin Henry Cooperrider, b. Feb. 16, 1884; killed in action 
while serving with the Rainbow Division in the A. E. F. at Fere-en- 
Tardenois, France, July 28, 1918. His body was brought back and 
buried in the home county. 

2. Mary Elizabeth Cooperrider, b. May .9, 1885; m, Charles Hizey 
Miller, who d. Oct. 7, 1939. Present address of Mrs. Miller: Glen- 
ford, R. D., Ohio. 

3. Martha Frances Cooperrider, b. May 9, 1885; d. Aug. 15, 1889. 

4. Walter Lampton Cooperrider, b. Feb. 2, 1887 ; unmarried. On 
the home farm southwest of Brownsville, Ohio. Address: Glenford, 
R. D., Ohio. 

5. Anna Belle Cooperrider, m. Howard DeLong, who d. Jan. 8, 
1923. Issue : two children. 

1. William Howard DeLong. 

2. Marjorie Elinor DeLong, m. James Adams, Sept. 3, 1938. 
Issue : one child. 

1. James David Adams, b. Dec. 27, 1940. Present residence of 
James Adams: Newark, Ohio. 

6. Grace Lillian Cooperrider, b. at the Cooperrider home south- 
west of Brownsville, Ohio; m. to Emerson Reel Iden. Issue: three 

1. Georgiana Ethel Iden, m. Wayne Sheets, Oct. 19, 1941. 

2. Mary Kathleen Iden. 

3. John Reel Iden. 

4. Martha Clementine Lampton, b. Feb. 21, 1863; d. May 15, 1884; 
buried in the Mack Cemetery southwest of Brownsville, Ohio. 

5. Noah S. Lampton, b. Dec. 8, 1864 ; d. Aug. 4, 1886 ; buried in 
the Mack Cemetery. 

6. Jacob Lampton, b. March 8, 1866; d. Dec. 14, 1870; buried in 
the Mack Cemetery. 

7. David Lampton, b. Jan. 8, 1868; d. June 18, 1888. 

8. William P. Lampton, b. Jan. 1, 1870; d. on the farm he owned 
in partnership with his brother Oreal, approximately a mile and a 
half south of Gratiot, Ohio, in Sept. 1938. He never married. 

9. Benjamin Lampton, b. May 16, 1872; m. Jan. 7, 1894, Anna 


Bratton, b. Nov. 4, 1869. Present address : Brownsville, Ohio. Mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church, Glenford, Ohio. Issue: seven children. 

1. Charles O. Lampton, b. Nov. 16, 1894; lives on a farm approxi- 
mately two miles southeast of Gratiot, Ohio; m. Marjorie Porter, 
April 24, 1918. No issue. Address : Toboso, Ohio. 

2. Edna May Lampton, b. Jan. 20, 1895; d. April 1915. 

3. Mary Rachel Lampton, b. June 25, 1898; m. Bertram Porter, 
June 20, 1918. Present address : Hopewell, Ohio. Issue : seven chil- 

1. Bertram T. Porter, b. March 11, 1919; m. Loraine Androff, 
April 1940. 

2. Wilma Jean Porter, b. April 30, 1920; m. Howard Patterson, 
Aug. 30, 1940. 

3. Robert L. Porter, b. Jan. 10, 1922. 

4. Paul E. Porter, b. Nov. 14, 1924. 

5. Charles W. Porter, b. Oct. 7, 1928. 
(>. Carl D. Porter, b. Feb. 21, 1930. 
7. Glen D. Porter, b. Feb. 27, 1940. 

4. William S. Lampton, b. Sept. 12, 1900. 

5. Katie B. Lampton, b. Oct. 12, 1902; m. Nov. 3, 1926, to Edward 
Morton of Brownsville, Ohio. Issue: four children. 

1. Benjamin Lampton Morton, b. Oct. 30, 1927. 

2. Richard Dale Morton, b. July 26, 1931. 

3. Patricia Ann Morton, b. Dec. 11, 1932. 

4. Herbert Lee Morton, b. Aug. 9, 1936. 

6. Robert P. Lampton, b. March 1904; m. Lona Cochran, Oct. 
1932. Issue: one child. 

1. Robert Donald Lampton, b. Aug. 13, 1933. 

7. Carl P. Lampton, b. March 1906; m. Thelma West Sept. 10, 
1931. Issue: four children. 

1. Mary Alice Lampton (a twin), b. Sept. 19, 1932. 

2. Marjorie Anna Lampton (a twin), b. Sept. 19, 1932. 

3. Carl Edward Lampton, b. Jan. 25, 1936. 

4. James David Lampton, b. Aug. 18, 1937. 

10. Oreal Lampton, b. April 3, 1874; m. Bertha Good, 1921 ; d. on 
the farm owned with his brother William, south of Gratiot, Ohio, 
Feb. 2, 1939. 

11. Sarah Lampton, b. July 11, 1875; m. twice, first to Charles 
Ankrum. Issue : two children. 


1, Lenah Ankrum, b. March 1898. Member of the Brethren 
Church. She married Irva Houck, Dec. 24, 1920. Issue : four children. 

1. Doris Charlene Houck. 

2. William Oreal Houck. 

3. Sarah Arlene Houck, b. May IS. 1937. 

4. Bernice Joan Houck, b. Sept. 1938. 

2. Irville Ankrum, b. April 1899; member of the Brethren Church ; 
m. Jennie Burtnett, June 16, 1926. Issue : two children. 

1. Joan Ankrum, b. May 13, 1931; d. May 6, 1932. 

2. Dona Jean Ankrum, b. April 21, 1933. 

Sarah Lampton Ankrum, m. second time to John Kopp, March 
27, 1910. They are both members of the Glenford, Ohio, Brethren 
Church. Present address: Glenford, R. D., Ohio. Issue: four chil- 

1. Robert Kopp, b. May 9, 1911 ; m. Frances Rine July 1931. Is- 
sue : four children. 

1. Robert Kopp, b. Oct. 29, 1931. 

2. Mildred Ann Kopp, b. Aug. 1933. 

3. Mary Kopp, b. March 1935. 

4. Betty Jean Kopp, b. Aug. 1937. 

2. George Kopp, b. Sept. 19, 1912; m. Feb. 1934 to Winifred Ar- 
buckle. Issue : three children. 

1. Carol Jean Kopp, b. April 25, 1935. 

2. George Ronald Kopp, b. March 28, 1937. 

3. Joyce Kopp, b. May 28, 1939. 

3. Russel Kopp, b. Dec. 25, 1914; m. July 1939, Florence Bodel. 
Issue : one child. 

1, Lee Kopp, b. Feb. 28, 1940. 

4. Esther Kopp, b. May 8, 1916; m. May 4, 1934, to Harold Nutt. 
Issue: two children. 

1. Edna Marie Nutt, b. Jan. 30, 1935. 

2. Ruth Evelyn Nutt, b. July 29, 1939. 

12. Alvah Lampton, b. Sept. 24, 1879; lives on the home farm, 
on Flint Ridge, northwest of Brownsville, Ohio ; m. 1902, Delia 
Dobson. Issue : two children. 

1. Irville Lampton, b. May 10, 1903; m. Edna Gutridge in 1937. 

2. Bryon Lampton, b. July 30, 190S; m. 1926, Mildred Lattimer. 
Issue : one child. 

1 . Billie Lampton, b. July 4, 1932. 




The second child of Jacob and Nancy Moser Mack was given 
the name of Sarah and was born at the Mack home on Brown's 
Run, German Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, June 25, 
1798. (Alexander Mack, Alexander Mack, Jr., William Mack, Ja- 
cob Mack, Sarah Mack.) Her girlhood was the normal girlhood 
of the early Dunker pioneer home. The Leckrones and the Long- 
anecker neighbors contributed to the social life of the community. 
Customers coming in to the mill with grain brought more people to 
the home than would have likely been there had the business of the 
family been strictly farming. Joseph Longanccker, the neighbor on 
the west, had located in this part of Pennsylvania, having moved 
from Lancaster County. Sarah was a member of the church of 
her fathers, the German Baptist Church as it was called in those 
early days. She became the second wife of her neighbor, Joseph 
Longanecker, and found that she had taken over the task of moth- 
ering five motherless children. All indications are that she was 
equal to the task. He was born August 24, 1776. Joseph Longanecker 
was a very industrious man, and when he died November IS, 1853, 
he left a valuable farm to each of his eight children. There had 
been born to him and Sarah Mack Longanecker, three children. 
Joseph was buried in the Longanecker Cemetery approximately 
one hundred yards to the east of the log house where he and Sarah 
his wife kept house. A number of years ago the graves were moved 
from the more scattering positions to a more compact plot in the 
same cemetery. Unfortunately the stones were permitted to top- 
ple over and were thrown aside. O. R. Younkin, a genealogist, in 
his own right and a historian, living near the town of Leckrone, 
preserved the inscriptions upon the damaged stones. The fence is 
no longer there marking the confines of the cemetery and not a 
stone is left to mark the place. Broom sage grows and to the ap- 
pearance of the casual passerby, this is just a part of the pasture 



field. Joseph Longanecker built the large brick house on the south 
side of the road a few hundred yards to the east. This house stands 
today, a monument to the faithful construction work of the day 
when buildings were constructed for permanence. The farm where 
the house now stands is known as the Loucks Farm. Sarah Mack 
Longanecker saw her father, Jacob Mack, her two brothers, John 
and Alexander, her sisters, Agnes and Anna, move to the Ohio coun- 
try. She saw her sister Mary, or "Polly," also go but come back 
to marry, live a few years, and then be mourned for her early death. 
The live children over whom Sarah Mack Longanecker assumed 
care, in her marriage to Joseph Longanecker, were John, Francis, 
Catherine, Maria, and Joseph. Catherine became the wife of Jacob 
Mack, Sarah's brother, and John became the husband of her sister 

Log house on Brown's Run, German Town- 
ship, Fayette Co., Pa., where Joseph and 
Sarah Mack Longanecker went to house- 



Home of Joseph and Sanh Mack Longanecker on Brown's Run, Fayette Co , Pa., 
now known as Loucks farm house 

Polly. There is more about these two in another place. To Sarah 
and Joseph Longanecker were horn three as previously mentioned, 
whom they named Jacob F., Nancy, and I.ydia. From the corre- 
spondence that took place between Joseph Longanecker and his 
father-in-law, Jacob Mack, at Brownsville, Ohio, from time to time, 
we have the following letter. This was written in the German, and 
shows that even in those days financial troubles were not strangers. 
The letter was written March 15, 1844, from Fayette County, Penn- 
sylvania, to Jacob and Nancy Mack, Brownsville, Ohio. The sheet 
and the envelope are in one piece and the letter was sealed with a 
wax seal. The translation of the letter is as follows : 

The IS of March 1844. I have undertaken to write you a little, 
my dear father- and mother-in-law, in great sorrow and trouble of 
all kinds. One thing that my son John is taking so hard, while his 
wife has decided that we can hardly save him. And the other thing, 
that my son Joseph has gotten so in debt that I went his bail for 
more than $100.00, and I have paid one note for more than $32.8754. 
The other man also wants his money, but I cannot pay him until I 
get my money from those who owe me. And my son Jacob also 


went his bail for $40.00 that he has to pay. And that puts him back 
so he cannot pay his debts as he likes to do. 

If the Notary Remsi does as we have heard, then Jacob will be 
able to pay all his bills. But you are not mentioning him to us that 
we might know how it goes with him. I believe if I could live with 
him like you do, I would get something from him, through work. 
Perhaps you had thought the same thing. [A part could not be trans- 
lated, consisting of one sentence, which seemed to infer that some 
one's word was not worth 25c] 

So will my daughter Minnie, Jacob's girl, come to you, then you 
can inform him how the thing stands and he can tell us. Then in 
these hard times we have to observe how to work this thing out, 
that we do not ruin ourselves. That the expenses possibly are as 
much as the main sum. We are well and hope that these few lines 
will reach you in the same condition. This writing is a hard job. 
With hearty greeting to you dear father-in-law and mother-in-law, 
and all friends, and also a hearty greeting to you from our daughter, 

Joseph Longanecker and 
Sarah Longanecker. 

The three children born to Joseph and Sarah Mack Longanecker, 
although perhaps not in order of their birth were, Jacob, Nancy, 
and Lydia. 

1. Jacob Longanecker, son of Joseph and Sarah Mack Longa- 
necker, was born on June 17, 1818, on Brown's Run, German Twp., 
Fayette Co., Pa. He died April 7, 1889. He was married Feb. 24, 
1842, to Matilda Moser. She came of a noted line. She was born 
Jan. 25, 1821, and was the daughter of Daniel and Susannah Custer 
Moser. Daniel Moser was born Aug. 31, 1791, and died May 3, 18S7. 
Susannah Custer was born Oct. 18, 1797, and died March 26, 1873. 
She was the daughter of George Custer who was a first cousin of 
George Washington, their mothers being sisters. George Custer 
was the fourth son of Paul Custer whose wife was Sarah Ball, a 
cousin of Colonel Ball of Lancaster Co., Va. Her sister, Mary Ball, 
was the wife of Augustine Washington, the mother of the great and 
famous General George Washington. Issue to Jacob F. Longa- 
necker and Matilda Longanecker : three children. 

1. Mary Ann Longanecker, b. May 7, 1843 ; m. William Collier. 
Oct. 8, 1863; d. May 19, 1887. Issue: six children. 

1. Lou Collier, b. in George's Twp., Fayette Co., Pa., Feb. 23, 
1868; m. Sept. 12, 1889, at Uniontown, Pa., to William Deffenbaugh, 
b. Nov. 18, 1864. She is a member of the Brethren Church. She had 


been a member originally of the Grove Church of the Brethren. 
This church was located near Collier. However, it is no longer 
used by the Church of the Brethren. It has been remodeled in recent 
years and no longer has the size or appearance of former days 
when the first remodeling took place in 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Deffen- 
baugh live in Fairchance. She is confined to a wheelchair at this 
writing because of a fall and a broken tone. Issue: two children. 
1, Guy Deffenbaugh, b. Jan. 12, 1891, at Fairchance, Pa.; m. Helen 
Nesmith. Present address : Hopwood, Pa. Employed by the Frick 
Co. Issue : three children. 

1. Miriam Deffenbaugh, m. a Bryson; live at Hopwood, Pa. 

2. Delia Deffenbaugh, unmarried. 

3. Margery Deffenbaugh, unmarried. 

2. Paul Deffenbaugh, b. Oct. 25, 1895, at Fairchance, Pa. ; m. 
Grace Ramsey. Present address: Mt. Pleasant, Pa. He is a dentist. 
Issue : two children. 

1. Jane Deffenbaugh. 

2. Paul Deffenbaugh, Jr. 

2. Lizzie Collier, m. a Johnson. Present address: 440 Third St., 
Pitcairn, Pa. Issue: two children. 

1. Norman Johnson. 

2. Ewing Johnson. 

3. Charles Collier, married; wife is deceased. One son. 

4. E. L. Collier, M.D., lived in Flint, Mich. ; deceased. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Pauline Collier, m. Perry Whittaker. Live in Flint, Mich., 2023 
Crooked Lane. No issue. 

2. Marcella Collier, m. Norman Des Jardines. Live in Ovvasso, 
Mich. No issue. 

5. Harry Collier. 

6. Emma Collier, m. Walter Sterling of Masontown. He died 
and she married Frank Guesman. She died 1937 and is buried in 
the Sterling lot in the Ross Cemetery, Masontown, Pa. 

2. Almira Longanecker, b. July 10, 1846; d. May 19, 1857. 

3. William Alexander Longanecker, M.D., b. April 19, 1849 on 
Brown's Run, German Twp., Fayette Co., Pa. He studied in 
Waynesburg College, and began to teach school when eighteen 
years of age. At one time he was principal of the Masontown graded 


schools. He began to study medicine in 1871 with Dr. George Nefif 
of Masontown. He entered Jefferson Medical College in 1874 and 
graduated in 1876. He commenced the practice of medicine with 
Dr. H. B. Mathiot of Smithfield, Pa., April 4, 1876. He practiced 
with him for ten years and then moved to Fairchance where he 
built up a large practice. On Oct. 19, 1882, he was married to Miss 
Ida F. Mathiot, daughter of his former medical partner. She was 
born Sept. 22, 1857, and was educated in George's Creek Academy 
and Mt. Union College. Dr. William Longanecker died April 3, 
1936, and is buried in Fair Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Calif. 
His aged and ailing widow as this is written lives in Hollywood, 
Calif. 1 Dr. Longanecker was a member of the Fairchance Presby- 
terian Church, and was active in all branches of church work. He 
will be remembered by numerous citizens today for his many bene- 
factions. A large picture of the doctor hangs upon the wall of the 
Uniontown Hospital, attesting to the standing attained in the medi- 
cal profession. Dr. and Mrs. Longanecker went to Hollywood, 
Calif., in 1920 to make their home. They returned to the home of 
their daughter Mrs. S. John Morrow of Uniontown, Pa., for a 
visit in 1932 and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. There 
were born to William and Ida F. Longanecker two children. 

1. Ellen Douglas Longanecker, b. March 10, 1887, at Fairchance, 
Pa. ; m. Oct. 10, 1912, to Ralph Hickman, b. April 21, 1881. They 
are members of the Congregational Church. Present address: 
1528 N. Martel Ave., Hollywood, Calif. Issue: two children. 

1. Frances May Hickman, b. July 21, 1915 ; m. Andrew W. Colvin. 
Issue : one child. 

1. Robert Andrew Colvin, b. Aug. 1939. 

2. Jean Bryson Hickman, b. Sept. 11, 1918. 

2. Caroline Mathiot Longanecker, b. Aug. 3, 1889, at Fairchance, 
Pa.; m, March 24, 1915, to S. John Morrow of Uniontown, Pa., b. 
June 24, 1879; the son of Samuel and Mary Sproul Morrow. He 
practiced law for a number of years, and is now judge of the Fayette 
County Common Pleas Court. They are members of the Presby- 
terian Church, and are busy with the work of the church and bet- 

1. Mrs. William Longanecker died at Hollywood, California, in 
October 1942, and was buried there. 


terment of conditions around them. Present address : 17 Charles 
St., Uniontown, Pa. 

The judge and Mrs. Morrow being denied children of their own 
have adopted four children in their infancy. The names are : 

1. William Mathiot Morrow, b. March 21, 1927. 

2. Robert Sproul Morrow, b. March 16, 1928. 

3. Miriam Bernard Morrow, b. March 21, 1933. 

4. Ellen Douglas Morrow, b. Jan. 27, 1935. 

Two old clippings, yellowed with age, marking the passing of Ja- 
cob Longanecker and his wife Matilda are given here and likely 
will be of interest to many yet living. 

Jacob F. Longanecker died Sunday night, April 7, 1889, at Fair- 
chance, Pennsylvania, at about 7 o'clock. The deceased was nearly 
71 years of age and was afflicted with a complication of diseases. 
He was of German descent and was born and reared in German 

William Longanecker, M. D. 



Township. He lived there sixty years when he moved to the vicin- 
ity of Smithfield. Two months before his death he moved to Fair- 
chance. He leaves a wife and son, W. A. Longanecker, M.D., to 
mourn his loss. The deceased was an enterprising and industrious 
fanner. He had a kindly spirit and was beloved by all who knew 
him. There were brief services at the house Tuesday morning at 
9:30, and also at the Lutheran Church, the place of interment, the 
Rev. M. C. Bailey officiating. Deceased was one of the county com- 
missioners of Fayette from 1855 to 1858. 

The second clipping taken from a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 
paper, gives the passing of the wife of Jacob longanecker who died 
February 19, 1920. 

Mrs. Matilda Longanecker died at the home of her son, Dr. 
William A. Longanecker, 6108 Howe Street, Pittsburgh, _ with 
whom she has made her home for the last eighteen years, at 4 o'clock 
Thursday morning, February 19th, in her 100th year. She cele- 
brated her 99th birthday on January 5th but was taken ill only a few 
days later. She retained her faculties until the last. Her mind was 
clear and she was keenly interested in all that concerned her friends. 
It was thought for a time that she would rally, but finally succumbed 
to heart trouble due to her advanced age. Mrs. Longanecker was 
the daughter of Daniel and Susannah Custer Moser and was born 
January 5, 1821, at Walnut Hill, George's Township, Fayette County. 
She was married to Jacob F. Longanecker on February 24, 1842. 
Three children were born to this union. Dr. Longanecker being the 
only one who survives. Her husband died 31 years ago in his 71st 
year. Both her father and mother lived to a good old age, her 
father dying at the age of 95, and her mother at 86 years of age. 
The deceased was a member of the Brethren church. Besides her 
son, several grandchildren survive, including Mrs. S. John Morrow, 
of this city, with whom she spent the greater part of last winter, 
Mrs. Ralph Hickman, also of Uniontown, Mrs. Frank Guesman, of 
New Salem, Mrs. Lou Deffenbaugh, of Fairchance, Dr. Ewing 
Collier, of Roscoe, and Charles Collier of Pittsburgh. Altha Moser 
of this city is a nephew. The funeral services will be held at the 
home of Mrs. S. John Morrow, 17 Charles Street, Uniontown, on 
Saturday afternoon at 2 :30 o'clock, with interment in Oak Grove 

2. Nancy Longanecker, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Mack 
Longanecker, was born on Brown's Run, German Twp., Fayette 
Co., Pa., Sept. 27, 1821. Her birth certificate, a work of art, is well 
preserved as may be ascertained by the photo. It is of considerable 
size, being 13j/ by 16;/' inches. It is in colors, red and yellow, with 
the colors apparently undimmed by age. It will be noticed that 
whoever filled it out added an "e" to the name Mack. She was a 

Birth certificate given at the birth of Nancy Longanecker Moser 



member of the German Baptist Church, the church of her fathers. 
Dec. 16, 1841, she was united in marriage to Joseph Moser, also a 
member of the German Baptist Church. He was born April 20, 1814. 
She with her husband lived a consistent Christian life. She passed 
away Aug. 9, 1896, at the good old age of 74 years, 10 months, and 
13 days. She had been a member of the German Baptist Church 
for 52 years. The funeral service was conducted at her home near 
the Grove Church, by Rev. J. W. Fitzgerald. Joseph B. Moser, 
her husband, died May 1, 1894, at the age of 80 years and 12 days. 
He was buried in the Lutheran Cemetery, German Twp. Rev. P. J. 
Brown, then of Congress, Ohio, wrote in 1894 an eloquent eulogy of 
Mr. Moser. To Joseph B. Moser and Nancy Longanecker Moser 
were born five children. 

1. Sarah Ann Moser, b. April 24, 1843; d. March 10, 1918. At 
the time of her death she had been a member of the Brethren 

Nancy Longanecker Moser 


Church fur 45 years. Her funeral was conducted in the Uniontown 
Brethren Church by her pastor, Rev. E. L. Miller. On May 14, 
1872, she was united in marriage to William N, Griffith. He died 
on the farm in George's Twp., near Continental, May 24, 1919. He 
is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery by the side of his wife. To this 
union were born two children. 

1. Joseph Henry Griffith, b. July 20, 1874. Occupation: farmer. 
Present address : 310 Morgantown St., Uniontown, Pa. Unmarried. 

2. Nancy Jane Griffith, b. April 24, 1882, in George's Twp. Mem- 
ber of the Baptist Church in Uniontown, Pa. Present address : 310 
Morgantown St., Uniontown, Pa. She was married to Justice Guy 
Hustead, June 21, 1904. He died Nov. 7, 1921. Funeral services 
were conducted at the old Griffith homestead in George's Twp., by 
his Pastor Rev. Dyoll Belote. Issue : two children. 

1. William Donald Hustead, b. Feb. 9, 1906; a dentist; m. July 
8, 1940, Dr. Bertha Patricia O'Leary, D.D.S. Present address: 
Girard, Pa. 

2. Robert Griffith Hustead, b. March 14, 1918. Present address: 
310 Morgantown St., Uniontown, Pa. Unmarried. 

2. Daniel Moser, b. Dec. 30, 1844 in George's Twp. ; d. April 20. 
1918, at his home on Morgantown St., Uniontown, Pa. ; a grocer ; m. 
Jan. 13, 1870, Annie L. Smith, b. Aug. 15, 1846; d. April 29, 1918. 
Member of the Presbyterian Church. Buried in Oak Grove Ceme- 
tery, Uniontown, by the side of her husband. Issue : four children. 

1. Charles S. Moser, b. April 21, 1871; m. Adelaide Hurst. Issue: 
two children. 

1. Arthur Moser. 

2. George Moser. 

2. George A. Moser, b. March 22, 1873; d. July 2, 1904; buried 
in Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa. ; m. 1895, Emma Griffin. 
Issue: five children. 

1. Clarence Moser. 

2. Wilbur Moser. 

3. Roy Moser (a twin), deceased. 

4. Earl Moser (a twin). 

5. Carl Moser, deceased. 

3. Harry F. Moser, b. June 8, 1875; m. Elizabeth Helmick. Is- 
sue : one child. 
1. Julia Moser, m. a Sissler. Issue: one child. 


1. Barbara Sissler. 

4. Alice R. Moser, b. June 28, 1877; unmarried. Present address: 
162 Morgantown St., Uniontown, Pa. 

3. Amanda Moser, b. Aug. 21, 1847; d. Nov. 3, 1933; buried in 
Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa. ; m. to Charles Griffith, Dec. 
31, 1867, b. May 15, 1848; d. Dec. 31, 1936. Issue: four children. 

1. Infant, d. May 8, 1869. 

2. Ray Griffith, b. Oct. 12, 1872; m. Belle Kyle, Nov. 28, 1899. 
No issue. Lives in Uniontown, Pa. 

3. Matilda Griffith, b. July 28, 1878; m. Jan. 15, 1900, to Charles 
Sangston, Masontown, Pa., b. Dec. 14, 1876; d. at his Masontown 
home, June 28, 1939. No issue. Mrs. Sangston is a member of the 
Masontown Brethren Church. Present address: Masontown, Pa. 

4. Sallie Griffith, b. April 9, 1890. She is a graduate of the Music 
Department of Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. She is in charge of 

Sarah Mack Longanecker 


the instrumental part of the program of the Masontown Brethren 
Church of which she is a member. On March 25, 1920, she was 
married to Earl Dugan. Present address: Masontown, Pa. Issue: 
two children. 

1. Charles Ray Dugan, b. April 5, 1922. Home address: Mason- 
town, Pa. Member of the Masontown Brethren Church. 

2. Altha Gilland Dugan, b. Dec. 23, 1929. Member of the Mason- 
town Brethren Church. 

4. Altha Moser, b. Oct. 16, 1849. in George's Twp. ; was a stu- 
dent of Waynesburg College ; entered the drug business and was a 
successful druggist for over fifty years; d. Jan. 27, 1930, at his 
Uniontown, Pa., home. He married Celia McKee. Issue: two chil- 

1. Jessie Moser, unmarried. Lives on Ben Lomond St.. Union- 
town, Pa. 

2. Joan Moser, b. 1888; unmarried. Lives at the family home on 
Ben Lomond St., Uniontown, Pa. 

5. Matilda Moser, b. April 2, 1852; m. Nov. 5, 1890, to John H. 
Antram, b. in Menallen Twp., Aug. 8. 1852, and spent practically 
all his life in this township until moving into Uniontown in 1925. 
He died Nov. 27, 1928. She died Aug. 17, 1935; buried in Oak Grove 
Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa. 

The obituary of Sarah Mack Longanecker, written by Rev. S. W. 
Wilt, who conducted her last services, will be of interest. Before 
giving it, we have the description of this remarkable granddaughter 
of William Mack and great-granddaughter of Alexander Mack, 
Jr. She spent her last days in the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. 
Joseph Moser. Mrs. Charles Sangston, who well remembers her, 
says, "She was a small woman, very exact, and firm in the faith of 
her fathers." She died near Walnut Hi!!, was buried in the cemetery 
at Jacob's Creek Lutheran Church. Later the body was taken up 
and moved to the Oak Grove Cemetery in Uniontown, Pa. 

The following is the obituary, read as published at the time of 
her death. June 13, 1892. 

Longanecker. — Sister Sarah Longanecker, of the Grove Congre- 
gation, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, fell asleep in Christ, June 
13th, 1892; aged 93 years, 11 months and 18 days. She had been a 
member of the church for about 75 years. Funeral took place at the 
home of brother Joseph B. Moser on the 15th. We laid her body to 


rest in the cemetery at Uniontown. Before her demise she selected 
hymns 431 and 598, from the German Baptist Hymn book. Also the 
15th verse of the 116th psalm. These she desired to be used for the 
improvement of the occasion. She was fully prepared and longed 
for the time of her departure to come. A large collection of rela- 
tives and friends followed the body to its last earthly place, where 
it now awaits the resurrection moment, when it will be reanimated 
and immortalized, and the immortal spirit will be conjoined to it. 
Services were conducted by the writer, 

S. W. Wilt. 

In this connection it may be of interest to state that the sister of 
Joseph B. Moser was the first wife of Elder James B. Quinter, the 
beloved pioneer preacher of the Tunker Church. Her name was 
Mary. She was the daughter of Daniel and Susannah Moser, and 
was married to Rev. Quinter Sept. 17, 1850. She was a native of 
George's Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She died October 
9, 1857, leaving besides her husband, a daughter Lydia Belle, who 
was born April 15, 1854. She married a Rev. Jacob L. Myers, Sept. 
20, 1877. 

3. Lydia Longanecker daughter of Joseph and Sarah Mack 
Longanecker, b. at Brown's Run, German Twp., Fayette Co., Pa. ; 
m. Zachariah Ball. Issue : one child. 

1. Joseph Ball, m. Clarissa Ball. Both deceased. Members of the 
Uniontown, Pa., Brethren Church. Issue : four children. 

1. Sarah Elizabeth Ball, m. John N. Hibbs. Issue : one child. 

1. Ernest Hibbs, married. Issue: one child. 

1. Margaret Hibbs. 

2. George W. Ball, married. Issue: two children. 

1. Elmer Ball. 

2. Irvin Ball. 

3. Altha Ball (a twin). 

4. Amanda Ball (a twin), both twins died in infancy. 

JOHN MACK (1800-1877) 

John Mack, the third child of Jacob and Nancy Moser Mack, 
was born on Brown's Run, German Township, Fayette County, 
Pennsylvania, October 9, 1800 (Alexander Mack, Alexander Mack, 
Jr., William Mack, Jacob Mack, John Mack). He died in Licking 
County, Ohio, March 7, 1877. He is buried in the Good Hope 
Cemetery, approximately three miles northeast of Glenford, Ohio, 
in Perry County. John grew to manhood in Fayette County, Penn- 
sylvania. His work was with his father in the mill. Like all the 
Mack boys, he was taught early to work. The eight-hour days they 
had in those times consisted of eight before dinner and eight after 
dinner. Then they were free to engage in social affairs and affairs 
of interest to the average boy. As has been mentioned in another 
place, John, lively and adventurous, was the first to investigate the 
new territory opening up west of the Ohio River. John, like his 
forebears, was a member of the German Baptist Church, as it was 
called in those days. His old Bible with the firm written notations 
of births, marriages, and deaths, is owned by his granddaughter, 
Mrs. Ethel Tinkey of Ashland, Ohio. The Bible is English, although 
he spoke fluently the German language of his father. John took 
unto himself a wife who grew to womanhood in the same county 
of his birth, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. She was Mary Woolsey. 
Her home was just over the ridge toward the East from the present 
Fairview Church of the Brethren. The Woolsey family was of 
English origin, and was of the family of which Cardinal Woolsey 
of England was a member. Mary Woolsey was born in the vicinity 
of Baltimore, Maryland, on May 18, 1804. She enjoyed talking to 
her children about the days of her early girlhood. There are still 
descendants of the Woolsey family to be found in Fayette County, 

John Mack settled on a farm to the northeast of the farm upon 
which his father settled in Licking County, Ohio. Their post office 
in those early days was Brownsville, Ohio, about three miles to the 
northeast. Here the children were born, and here they grew to man- 



hood and womanhood. Here Mary Ann Woolsey Mack passed from 
the bourne of time to eternity, June 8, 1874. She had readied the 
age of 70 years and 19 days when her earthly journey ended. Her 
husband at his death had reached the age of 76 years, 4 months, 
and 28 days. 

John Mack likely came to Ohio in the year 1832, settling on the 
farm where he spent the rest of his life. To the union of John and 
Mary Woolsey Mack were born five children. 

1. George Mack, b. Dec. 10, 1831, was a mere child when he came 
to Ohio with his parents, according to the information handed down. 
So he grew to manhood in Licking Co., Ohio. George grew to man- 
hood during the trying days of the Civil War, or as known in the 
South as the "War between the States." Like practically all the 
German Baptist people, he was a man of peace, and could not see 
how killing someone who had never harmed you and who himself 
was forced to kill against his will, would ever settle anything. 
However, in spite of his views he was drafted. He avoided the 
officers sent to apprehend him, or to bring him to the place of 
muster and escaped from them. For nearly two years he was in 
hiding. He had escaped to the home of his relatives Robert and 
Catherine Lampton at their home on Flint Ridge three miles or 
more to the northwest of Brownsville, Ohio. He would sit at the 
upstairs window from day to day, but kept close watch upon all 
strangers who came over the hill on the highway that passed not a 
great distance from the house. Finally perhaps thinking that a 
change of location would be beneficial he was taken to Utica, Ohio, 
by his younger brother Jason, and cousin Jacoh Mack where he 
took conveyance to Illinois. After spending some time here, he re- 
turned to Ohio in 1863. At this time twelve hundred and forty 
dollars were raised and paid out to secure his exemption from war 
service. In the old ledger, yellowed with age and set down by his 
brother Jason, we have the names of the following contributors, 
with the amount contributed toward securing the exemption of this 
young man. They are Martin Daugherty, $50; Jason Mack, $100; 
Isaiah Snider, $15; S. Cooperrider, $100; George Mack, $125; Mr. 
McKinneys, $250; Peter Cooperrider, $100; Samuel Orr, $100; John 
Ice, $100; Louis Cooperrider, $225; and a Mr. Orr, $75. 

On April 25, 1867, George came back to the county of his birth in 
Pennsylvania and married Sarah A. Cover. She lived near the 



George Mack 

Sarah Ann Mack 

Jason Mack. Taken 

when a young man. 

An old tintype. 

present Fairview Church of the Brethren and grew to womanhood 
on the farm now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Fretts. She was 
born July 13, 1828, and died March 14, 1906. George Mack, like 
the Macks for generations, had learned the milling trade and con- 
ducted a mill at Brownsville, Ohio, for years, finally purchasing 
the mill in 1879. To this union were born three children. 

1. Mary Mack, b. Aug. 31, 1868; m. Henry Booher in 1903; d. 
in Newark, Ohio, in 1925, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. M. 

2. Marling C. Mack, b. Feb. 22, 1871 ; m. Miss Minnie Priest of 
Brownsville, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1906. Marling has owned and operated 
the mill at Brownsville since the death of his father, on May 21, 
1891. Issue: one child. 

1. Raymond Mack, b. June 13, 1907; lives in Columbus, Ohio, and 
is an office worker ; m. Bernice Kinsel, Aug. 28, 1942, b. in New 
Lexington, Ohio, June 1, 1909, the daughter of Sheldon Kinsel. 

Minnie Priest Mack d. at Brownsville, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1939; buried 
there. On Aug. 10, 1941, Marlin m. Miss Fthel Kreager of Browns- 
ville, Ohio, a registered nurse. He is a member of the Glenford 
Brethren Church. Present addsess : Brownsville, Ohio. 

3. John L. Mack, b. July 28, 1873. He was associated with his 
brother Marling in the running of the mill until his death on Jan. 4, 
1911, at his Brownsville, Ohio, home; m. Nov. 1905, to Georgiana 
Fisher. Issue : one child. 

1. Harold Mack, b. April 30, 1908. 


2. Lucinda Mack, b. April 19, 1834, near Brownsville, Licking 
Co., Ohio; d. April 19, 1857, at the age of 23 years; unmarried. 

3. Sarah Ann Mack, b. near Brownsville, Licking County, Ohio, 
Aug. 7, 1839; unmarried; lived with her sister Mrs. Mary Mack 
Deffenbaugh where she died, July 9, 1901 ; she was a member of the 
Brethren Church ; buried in the Good Hope Cemetery about 2 miles 
west of the farm on which she died. 

4. Jason Mack was born on the farm of his father John Mack in 
Licking Co., near Brownsville, Ohio, April 30, 1842. He spent his 
life farming and running a threshing machine in season. On Dec. 
24, 1867, he was united in marriage to Miss Barbara Lampton of 
Brownsville, Ohio. She was a sister to Robert Lampton, who has 
been previously mentioned as the husband of Catherine Leckrone. 
Her home was on Flint Ridge northwest of Brownsville, Ohio. The 
Lampton family of which she was a member is an old English 
family. The writer from boyhood has heard of the Lampton For- 
tune, and the Lampton Castle in County Durham in northern Eng- 
land. The Earl of Durham is a Lampton. Two brothers came to 
America in 1750 locating near Luray, Page County, Virginia. One 
of the old Lampton Bibles which dates back to 1797, is owned by the 
writer. Samuel Lampton Clemens, known as Mark Twain, was a 
cousin of Barbara Lampton. His mother was Jennie Lampton 
Clemens. Jefferson Davis, President of the Southern Confederacy, 
and Henry Watterson of the Louisville Courier Journal, were also 
members of the family. Many of the Lampton descendants are in 
the South and especially in the state of Mississippi. Mark Twain 
uses many of the Lamptons as his characters. His Uncle James 
Lampton, was the Colonel Sellers, of The Gilded Age. Jason Mack 
was strong in the faith of his ancestors. The Macks worshiped in 
the Jonathan Creek churches. The Jonathan Creek congregation 
was the first organized in Ohio. The early settlers had followed 
Zanes Trace and settled along the Jonathan Creek, a tributary of 
the Muskingum River, to the southwest of the city of Zanesville, 
Ohio. A house of worship was erected in the village of Mt. Perry, 
Ohio, then later east and to the southeast of White Cottage, the 
Goshen house of worship was erected. This church stood bordering 
on the farm now owned by Clarence Slack. The house was used 
until 1901, when a church building was secured in White Cottage, 


Ohio. It was dedicated by Rev. Quincy Leckrone, Aug. 4, 1901. 
Rev. J. D. Zigler is now pastor of this thriving congregation. 

Four miles to the west of Glen ford, Ohio, was organized a church 
known by various local names, such as Five Points, owing to the 
nature of the roads; Helser, because of the families of that name 
and their activities; but today it is known by the name of Olivet. 
The church grew, and as it increased in membership, there was noted 
a need of membership divisions. The divisions were eventually 
made. Liberty was given those living near congregational lines to 
choose the church in which they desired to fellowship. A number 
availed themselves of this opportunity. In the year 1878, a house 
was erected upon the John Deffenbaugh farm, four miles east of 
Glenford, Ohio. This was the closest to the Macks and here they 
fellowshipped. The beautiful tree-capped rolling hills gave the 
builders a suggestion as to a name, and they called it Greenwood. 
The land was sold for the sum of $35, and was very reasonable and 
ample for all needs. Samuel Orr, a local minister, and his wife 
Sarah, were very active in the erection of the church. Hannah 
Cover was the most liberal subscriber, giving $200 to the fund. It 
was a gala day when on June 23, 1878, Elder James Quinter dedi- 
cated the house. Crowds filled the house and the day was one 
long to be remembered. The writer as a wiggling boy well remem- 
bers its simple lines and also the hard seats, as well as the sermons 
"of endless length." The house was accidentally destroyed by fire 
on Sunday, May 17, 1896. It was assumed to have caught from 
sparks from a near-by clearing. The people were not cast down, 
and they immediately set to work to restore the lost church house. 
It was done the very same year and dedicated on Aug. 31, 1896. 
It was dedicated by Elder Samuel Orr and Quincy Leckrone. Elijah 
Home, also very active in the ministry of his day, assisted in the 
services. The Greenwood Church is now only a memory. The road 
no longer passes by the church building, and the house has been 
torn down. The writer never passes the old spot without memories 
of what once existed strong in mind. In the unfortunate division of 
1883, about one hundred members united with the "Progressive" 
element. In 1898 on the same farm just one-half mile to the east, a 
church was built by the progressive Brethren, and given the name 
of Baracha. This building has gone the way of the Greenwood 
building. A church is now located in Glenford, Ohio, to take the 



place of Baracha. The Baracha church house was built on the Sam- 
uel Deffenbaugh farm, and on land given by them. Rev. J. M. Bow- 
man was the pastor when the building was erected. 

Jason and Barbara Lampton Mack were ardent members of the 
Greenwood Church of the Brethren. Jason Mack lived approxi- 
mately a mile to the south of the Greenwood Church. Here he spent 
his last years and died of smallpox Feb. 7, 1902. It has never been 
ascertained how he came in contact with the dread germ which ended 
his earthly life at the age of 59 years, 9 months, and 7 days. It was 
not possible to conduct the funeral at the time of his death owing 
to the quarantine and it was conducted at a later date in the Green- 
wood Church which he loved so well and which he had served in 
numerous capacities. He was laid to rest in the Good Hope Ceme- 
tery, approximately two miles west of the Church. 

Tombstone of Jason Mack ; Good Hope 
Cemetery, east of Glenford, Ohio 


While the writer was young at the death of Jason Mack, his 
grandfather, his loyalty and his zeal for the church are well re- 
membered. He was never too busy but to take time to defend the 
principles of the church against all comers and was as strict as a 
Pharisee. He was willing to contend with all who opposed him. 
When some preacher of a certain antagonistic denomination that 
was represented in the Glenford community would seemingly get 
the best of him at times, he would wait until a young student 
preacher, who periodically came from Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio, arrived upon the scene, and then he would turn the matter 
of argument over to him. His antagonist would use Greek upon 
Jason Mack. Jason not being versed in this waited for the young 
theologian from Ashland. I am told that their combined efforts 
invariably won out. This young preacher was none other than 
John Allen Miller of sacred memory, who was to be the beloved 
Dean of the Ashland College Seminary, one perhaps who has in- 
fluenced more young lives for good and constructive work in the 
Brethren Church than any other man who has ever sat within the 
classic halls of Ashland College. As John Allen Miller was a mem- 
ber of the so-called Progressive branch, and my grandfather was a 
member of the conservative branch, when it was not necessary to 
unite their efforts against the onslaughts of the preacher of an 
altogether foreign faith, they would argue with one another. Never- 
theless, common differences were forgotten when a person outside 
the fold attacked either Conservatives or Progressives. Since it 
was not far from the unfortunate division of the churches, perhaps 
at times the spirit between the branches was not always the kindest. 
Barbara Lampton Mack spent the last years of her life with her 
son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ankrum at their 
farm home three quarters of a mile south of the village of Gratiot, 
Ohio. Here on Christmas Day 1921, she passed from the scenes of 
earth at the age of 79 years, 3 months, and 17 days. Her last rites 
were conducted in the Greenwood Church of the Brethren of which 
she had been a member for many years. Rev. Strausbaugh officiated 
at her last services. She was buried in the Good Hope Cemetery, 
a mile or more to the west of the church, by the side of her husband 
Jason Mack. To the union of Jason and Barbara Lampton Mack 
were born four children. 



1. Lucinda Mack, b. near Brownsville, Ohio, Dec. 24, 1868. She 
was a student at Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, in 1888. After 
taking work here she taught in the schools of Perry Co., Ohio. The 
writer one day in reading the names in the College Tower, which 
has been said by Dr. E. E. Jacobs, long connected with the College, 
to "be a better roster of names than anything else they have," found 
her name written there upon the walls, "Lucinda Mack." She was 
married March 13, 1889, to Armstrong Laird Ankrum, of Browns- 
ville, Ohio. He is of Irish descent, his grandfather having come 
to this country from the "Old Sod." He was born April 14, 1866, in 
Guernsey Co., Ohio. After their marriage, they lived in Glenford, 
Ohio, for two years where he was employed on the railroad. From 
there they moved to the farm of Samuel Deffenbaugh where they 
lived for eight years, moving from there to the farm which they 
purchased y$ of a mile south of Gratiot, Ohio, in April 1901. Here 
they live at the present writing. They both are members of the 
Glenford Brethren Church, now having been members of this 
church for over fifty years. They have always been active in the 
church as far back as the mind of the writer can recall. They cele- 
brated their golden wedding in March 1939. To their union were 
born twelve children. 



Armstrong Laird and Lucinda Mack Ankrum, parents of the author. 


1. Freeman Ankrum, born at Glenford, Ohio, April 18, 1890. At- 
tended Brownsville High School and entered Ashland College, and 
was graduated from there in June 1914. Having completed the 
Classical Divinity Course, he was given the A.B. degree. June 16, 
1914, in the city of Washington, D. C, he was united in marriage 
to Miss Viola Myers of Forestville, Va. Rev. William Lyon, Pastor 
of the Washington Brethren Church, officiated. She was the daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Myers of Forestville, Va., an old estab- 
lished family. She was born April 5, 1879. She died May 16, 1922, 
following a major operation in the city of Zanesville, Ohio. Her fun- 
eral service was conducted May 21, 1922, at the Flat Rock Church of 
the Brethren near Forestville, Va., of which her people were mem- 
bers. Rev. J. Carson Miller officiated at the services. She was buried 
in the near-by cemetery. She was a member of the Progressive 
Brethren Church. At the time of her death, the home was at Wash- 
ington Court House, Ohio, where her husband was pastor of the 
Fairview Brethren Church. She had been a theology student in 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. After their marriage in 1914, in 
September of that year, the pastorate of Hamlin, Kans., was begun ; 
in 1917, the pastorate of Garwin, Iowa; and in 1921, the move was 
made to Washington Court House, Ohio. In 1923 the pastorate at 
Oak Hill, W. Va., was begun. Here a parsonage was built, and in 
1928 a beautiful brick church was erected. After a pastorate of 
seven and one-half years, the pastorate of Flora, Ind., was assumed. 
From here to Gratis, Ohio, then to Linwood, Md., and from there to 
the present pastorate at Masontown, Pa., Jan. 1, 1941. June IS, 1925, 
he was united in marriage to Miss Esther McAvoy, of Fayetteville, 
W. Va. Rev. J. M. Crouse officiated. She is the daughter of James 
and Mary Alice Sanger McAvoy. She is a graduate of Bridgewater 
College, having received the degree of B.E. in English in 1917. She 
was very active in the work of the Church of the Brethren and a suc- 
cessful teacher in the local schools. On her mother's side there had 
been a long period of active work in the Church of the Brethren. 
She was born Oct. 18, 1897, near Fayetteville, W. Va. To the first 
union were born three children. 

1. Paul Denzel Ankrum, b. Aug. 14, 1915, at Hamlin, Kans. He 
graduated from Flora, Indiana, High School, then entered Indiana 
Technical College of Fort Wayne, Ind. He graduated from this 
college in 1935, with the degree of B.S.E.E., majoring in radio. He 


entered Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, graduating from there 
with the degree of A.B. He was an extension student of Indiana 
University, and for some time headed one of the departments of 
Indiana Technical College. He is a member of the American In- 
stitute of Radio Engineers, and other technical and exclusive or- 
ganizations of like nature. 1 He is a member of the Masontown, Pa., 
Brethren Church. On Aug. 18, 1940, at Linwood, Md., he was 
united in marriage to Miss Frances Kiracofe, of Camden, Ohio. 
The ceremony was performed by his father. She is a graduate of 
Camden High School, and Miama Jacobs Business College of Day- 
ton, Ohio, and is an accountant. She is a member of the Gratis, 
Ohio, Brethren Church. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank 
Kiracofe and was born Sept. 1, 1915. Their present address is 403 
College Ave., Ithaca, N, Y. He is an instructor at Cornell Uni- 

2. Laird Vernon Ankrum, b. Dec. 2, 1917, at Gar win, Iowa. He 
was graduated from Hopewell Township High School, Gratiot, 
Ohio, 1937. He was a music student in Ashland College, Ashland, 
Ohio. He was also doing work in engineering and drafting. He is 
a member of the Masontown Brethren Church, Masontown, Pa. 
While assisting his Uncle Earl Ankrum at Gratiot, Ohio, in the 
summer of 1936, to clean out his well he was buried for over four 
hours under tons of debris, about twenty-five feet down in the well. 
Thousands of people rushed to the rescue, squads of firemen from 
Newark and Zanesville along with other organizations assisted in 
extricating him from his perilous position, near death. He was 
finally brought to the surface little the worse from his experience, 
with the exception of a large scar between his shoulder blades. 
Special editions of papers and the radio carried the news from coast 
to coast of his burial alive. At the present time of writing he is 
Technical Corporal with the 825 Engineers, Aviation. 

3. Genevieve Ankrum, born Aug. 19, 1919. near Garwin, Iowa. 
She is a graduate of Hopewell Township High School of Gratiot, 
Ohio, class of 1938. She has been a student of Ashland College, Ash- 
land, Ohio, and taught in the Perrysville, Ohio, schools for two 
years. She is a member of the Brethren Church. Jan. 10, 1943, she 
was united in marriage at Ashland, Ohio, to First Lieutenant Robert 

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Sh idler of Ashland, Ohio. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay 
Shidler of Pleasant St., Ashland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Green- 
briar Military College of Lewisburg, W. Va. He is a scion of an 
old pioneer Ashland Co. family. The wedding took place at the 
home of Mr. and Mrs. Marcelle Kauffman, where she had been 
making her home while in college and while teaching. They were 
married by Rev. Willis E. Ronk, Dean of the Seminary at Ashland, 

4. Mary Alice Ankrum, born to the second union, July 3, 1932, at 
Kokomo, Ind. She is a member of the Masontown Brethren Church. 

2. Jason Earl Ankrum, b. at Glenford, Ohio, Oct. 29, 1891 ; m. 
Dec. 24, 1912, Eva L. Brookover, b. March 8, 1896. He is a member 
of the Glenford Brethren Church. Occupation: driller in the oil 
fields. Present address : Gratiot, Ohio. Issue : three children. 

1. Arthur Ankrum, b. Feb. 28, 1914; m. Evelyn Dick of Hope- 
well, Ohio, July 1, 1937, b. March 5, 1914. Occupation: department 
manager for Sears Roebuck and Co., Zanesville, Ohio. Present 
address: Zanesville, Ohio. 

2. Edward Ankrum, b. Feb. 9, 1916; m. Aug. 26, 1937, to Hazel 
Carpenter, b. Sept. 20, 1917. Present address: Newark, Ohio. Oc- 
cupation: employee Pharis Rubber Co. Issue: three children. 

1. Gloria Jean Ankrum, b. Nov. 24, 1939. 

2. Jane Kaye Ankrum (a twin), b. Jan. 9, 1942. 

3. Janet Fay Ankrum (a twin), b. Jan. 9, 1942. 

3. Elden Ankrum, b. Dec. 24, 1918. Officer in the Aviation Divi- 
sion of the United States Army. 

3. Florence Virgil Ankrum, b. July 26, 1893, near Glenford, Ohio; 
m. Dec. 24, 1914, to Gladys Boyer, of Mt. Sterling, Ohio (Hopewell 
post office), b. May 15. 1897. Occupation: manager of bus station, 
Zanesville, Ohio. Member of the Glenford Brethren Church. Pres- 
ent address : Zanesville, Ohio. Issue : four children. 

1. Cletus Ankrum, b. May 14, 1916; in. Irene Young, Sept. 1, 

1939. Present address : 175 Midland Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Opera- 
tor at Timken Roller Bearing Co. 

2. LaVern Ankrum, b. July 9, 1917; m. Shirley Braun, Oct. 10, 

1940, b. April 11, 1921. Present address: 825 Reinhard Ave., Colum- 
bus, Ohio. Occupation : operator Timken Roller Bearing Co. 

3. Duretha Ankrum, b. March 2, 1919; m. Harvey P. Myers, 
June 13, 1941, b. Oct. 21, 1911. Occupation: shipping clerk, Hazel 


Atlas Co. Present address: Zanesville, Ohio. Duretha died Aug. U, 
1942, leaving an infant son, Ronald. She is buried in Glen Rest 
Cemetery just east of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. 

4. Robert Ankrum, b. Sept. 29, 1920; unmarried. A professional 
baseball player. 

4. Infant son, b. 1896; lived only a brief time. 

5. Ivan Millard Ankrum, b. Aug. 1, 1898, east of Glenford, Ohio; 
m. Helen Irvin of Gratiot, Ohio, Dec. 24, 1916 ; she died in 1918 ; 
buried in Poplar Fork Cemetery near Gratiot, Ohio ; b. 1899. He 
married Manta Anderson, March 29, 1920, b. 1902. Present address : 
Gratiot, Ohio. Occupation : driller in oil fields. Issue : four children. 

1. Quinten Ankrum, b. Aug. 11, 1920; m. July 18, 1940, to Marchia 
Crum of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., b. July 3, 1921. 

2. Ivan Ankrum, Jr., b. June 28, 1923, at Gratiot, Ohio. 

3. Imojean Ankrum, b. Feb. 12, 1927, near Gratiot, Ohio. 

4. Gary Ankrum, b. Aug. 14, 1939, at St. Louis, Mich. 

6. Ferol Mere Ankrum, b. near Glenford, Ohio, July 11, 1900. 
She is a member of Glenford Brethren Church. On Sept. 4, 1917, she 
was married to Carl Watts Fisher of Gratiot, Ohio; b. Oct. 22, 
1895. He is a veteran of the American Expeditionary Force, having 
served in France through the first World War. Occupation : farm- 
ing. Present address : Toboso, R. D., Ohio. Issue : two children. 

1. Carl Gerald Fisher, b. April 21, 1918; m. Mary Eileen Elmore, 
Aug. 17, 1940, b. Dec. 28, 1918. Present address: Gratiot, Ohio. 

2. Joyce Eugene Fisher, b. May 25, 1920. 

7. Harold Vernon Ankrum, b. July 22, 1902, near Gratiot, Ohio ; 
m. March 22, 1922, Edna M. Rubble, b. Sept. 17, 1894. Members of 
the Glenford Brethren Church. She died in June 1937; buried in 
iPoplar Fork Cemetery, near Gratiot, Ohio; m. Nov. 11, 1939, Eva 
M. Layman, b. April 10, 1898. Occupation : steel worker. Present 
address : Gratiot, Ohio. Issue : one child. 

1. Marilyn Rose Ankrum, b. Sept. 29, 1927. 

8. Lulu May Ankrum, b. Jan. 16, 1904, near Gratiot, Ohio; m. Feb. 
16, 1920, to Harry Simms. Members of the Glenford Brethren 
Church. Present address: Newark, Ohio. Issue: three children. 

1. Walter Burdette Simms, b. Aug. 13, 1921, at Gratiot, Ohio; 
m. Phyllis Dickey, Zanesville, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1942. 


2. Helen Marciele Simms, b. June 17, 1926, near Gratiot, Ohio. 

3. William Laird Simms, b. July 16, 1932, near Gratiot, Ohio. 

9. Marling "D. Ankrum, b. near Gratiot, Ohio, Oct. 10, 1905; m. 
Jan. 28, 1926, Eva Grace Wiseman, b. Jan. 25, 1904. Members of 
the Glenford, Ohio, Brethren Church. Present address : Gratiot, 
Ohio. Issue: one child. 

1. Bernard LeVere Ankrum, b. Aug. 12, 1926. 

10. Ralph Mack Ankrum, b. Feb. 7, 1907, near Gratiot, Ohio; 
m. Hazel Berta Snider, I). Sept. 20, 1911. Occupation: steel worker. 
Present address : Gratiot, Ohio. Issue : one child. 

1. Reva Ann Ankrum, b. Sept. 20, 1937. 

11. Eldon Denzel Ankrum, b. March 28, 1911, near Gratiot, 
Ohio ; m. Dec. 14, 1932, to Gladys Wilson, Glenford, Ohio, b. Nov. 
12, 1913. Occupation: employee of sand crusher company. Mem- 
bers of the Glenford Brethren Church. Present address: Glenford, 
Ohio. Issue : two children. 

1. Patsy Colleen Ankrum, b. Oct. 29, 1935. 

2. David Gene Ankrum, b. Oct. 27, 1942. 

12. Stillborn infant, b. May 11, 1912. 

2. Olla Mack, daughter of Jason and Barbara Lampton Mack, 
b. May 28, 1873; married Florence Eversole, Dec. 1, 1892. They 
live on the farm taken up by his grandfather, which has been in 
possession of the Eversoles ever since. The deed to the property 
is a "sheepskin" which contains the signature of James Monroe on 
it. The location of the farm is approximately five and one-half 
miles east of Glenford, Ohio. They are members of the Glenford 
Brethren Church, and have been active in its work for nearly a half 
century. Address: Glenford, R. D., Ohio. One of the sidelines on 
the farm is that of making maple syrup. Each spring this has been 
engaged in for nearly fifty years. To the union of Florence and 
Olla Mack Eversole was born one son. 

1. Walter Eversole, b. on the home farm June 21, 1896. He 
graduated from the Glenford High School. He was suddenly taken 
sick with appendicitis, and the operation was performed in the home, 
but death ensued April 24, 1916. He is buried in the Good Hope 
Cemetery about three miles east of Glenford, Ohio. 

3. Jacob Lancaster Mack, son of Jason and Barbara Lampton 
Mack, b. near Glenford, Ohio, July 25, 1877; m. Mary Cover, 
Masontown, Pa., Oct. 1, 1903, b. Oct. 18, 1878, near Masontown, Pa. ; 



(1. Aug. 19, 1927, at their home in Thornville, Ohio. Members of the 
Church of the Brethren. She is buried in the Thornville Cemetery. 
He is a member of the Olivet, or "Helser," Church a few miles from 
Thornville, Ohio. June 12, 1929, he married Mattie Snider of Hol- 
den, Mo. Present address: Thornville, Ohio. 2 He has rendered 
valuable aid in the securing of material for this production and in 
passing traditions and incidents of the Mack family on to the writer. 

4. Mary Matilda Mack, daughter of Jason and Barbara Lampton 
Mack, b. east of Glenford, Ohio, Dec. 16, 1878; d. May 23, 1895, at 
the age of 16 years, S months, 7 days, a victim of scarlet fever. 

5. Mary Mack, daughter of John and Mary Woolsey Mack, was 
born on the farm a few miles southwest of Brownsville, Ohio, Oct. 

2. Jacob Mack dropped dead Monday morning, Dec. 21. Funeral 
was held at Thornville, Ohio, Dec. 23, 1942. Burial was made in 
near-by cemetery. 


Left to right: Lucinda Mack Ankrum, Jacob L. Mack, and Olla Mack Eversole; brother and sister: 


29, 1845. On March 11, 1866, she was married to Samuel Deffen- 
baugh, son of John Deffenbaugh. The Deffenbaughs, like the Macks, 
were also a Pennsylvania family. Upon the large Deffenbaugh farm 
of four hundred acres, the young bride went to live. It was on 
the western edge of this farm, as has been stated, that the Green- 
wood Church of the Brethren was built. Also upon the same farm 
a half mile to the east, the Baracha Progressive Brethren Church 
was built in 1898. Up until that time the only Progressive Church 
was four miles west of Glenford, Olio, known as Bethel. Here, 
across the road from the large Church of the Brethren, it stood for 
many years, finally being torn down along with Baracha when the 
congregations built a structure in the village of Glenford, Ohio. 
The writer as a boy attended Sunday school in the two churches on 
the Deffenbaugh farm and at Bethel Church and took part in the 
various Christmas programs and church activities of the day, 
which were the main activities. For over eight years, the Deffen- 
baugh farm was the home of the writer, from two years of age Until 
eleven. While only two children were born to Samuel and Mary 
Mack Deffenbaugh as will be mentioned later, they were "Uncle 
Sam" and "Aunt Mary" to hundreds of people who came to know 
them. Their home was a home for visiting preachers. They were 
members of the German Baptist Church until the regretted division, 
and then united with the Progressive element. Glenford was close 
enough for supply preachers from Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 
There are numerous men grown old and gray who preached as 
students at the Glenford Church and who had their homes with 
Uncle Sam and Aunt Mary. The church was first to them. Their 
time and means were always at the disposal of the church. When 
the Baracha Church was built, it was to Uncle Sam, his personal 
prerogative, to be custodian of the church. This he was as long- 
as the church was in use. His services were services of love. Their 
home was the leading home of the community, and the various 
activities of a large farm of this size brought in numerous visitors 
and callers throughout the year. They built a special room "the 
Prophets' room," as it were, for the home of the preachers serving 
the congregation. It was in the Baracha Church where the writer, a 
college boy, preached his first sermon, in Jan. 1910. Suffice it to state 
that the audience, practically all who had known us from boyhood 
or babyhood, was sympathetic. 



The Deffenbaugh liome was one of the progressive and open 
homes of the community. The large sugar camp drew visitors, and 
the advanced inventions of the day were given a trial in the home — 
inventions such as the telephone and conveniences such as running 
water in the home. Mary Mack Deffenbaugh was interested in her 
church and proud of her ancestry. She it was who furnished much 
help and inspiration in the long task of research in securing ma- 
terial for this production. She was a great reader, and though 
small in stature, a hard worker. She was a very interesting writer. 
The writer pays a tribute to her for the long patience manifested 
in his boyhood days when he would tease for "just another story." 
She it was who had treasured in mind events told her by her 


1 INI. IV. A-.lll.ANn. OHIO 

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Deffenbaugh 




The Samuel Deffenbaugh home, four miles east of Glenford, Ohio 

grandfather, Jacob Mack, and related them to the writer. In cne of 
her letters she writes a few years before her deatli to the writer : 

One of the pictures that hang on my memory's wall is of a red 
brick house at the foot of a hill. The door opened and a little boy 
came out and walked across the porch and down the steps and 
trotted along a short lane to a hill. Soon a little head bobbed up the 
hill and a little boy was seen with a book under his right arm. He 
came to the house where a woman was standing, perhaps she was 
sweeping as it was early in the morning. She was surprised to see 
the book brought back so soon and said, "Have you read it through 
already?" and a little bright face looked up with a pleasant smile 
and said, "Yes. Could I get another?" She said, "We will look for 
another," and when it was found he put it under his arm and 
trotted down the hill. This was often repeated in my lonely days. 

She wrote in 1930 upon the subject of death : 

1 have thought since I was four years old upon the subject of 
death and am still thinking upon it. When I was a child, people 
either walked or role on horseback, and as my mother was a poor 
rider, she never took me with her to funerals. But when my sister, 
who was seven years older than I. was larsie enough to walk, she 
went to a funeral and your grandfather and I stayed at a neighbor's, 
and when the family came home, she came to the neighbors for us, 


and I asked her what a funeral was. She told me what it was and 
about the dead, and death. I will never forget how I felt when she 
told me how people were when they were dead, and what death was, 
and what caused it and I studied over it all my life. 

Samuel Deffenbaugh died at the family home, four miles east 
of Glenford, Ohio, on October 17, 1922, at the age of 78 years, 7 
months, and 6 days. The late Dr. J. Allen Miller of Ashland who 
conducted his funeral with Rev. Garrison, the local pastor, wrote 
as follows ill the obituary : 

It was in September 1869 that he united with the Brethren 
Church, he and his companion being baptized at the same time. A 
little while later he was chosen to the office of the Deacon in the 
church. In this position he served faithfully until his death. At 
the time of the organization of the Bethel Brethren Church, June 
1883, Brother and Sister Deffenbaugh were among the charter 
members. He loved and served the church with fidelity and in a 
strong conviction of duty he furthered every interest of the 
church within his power. 

He was buried in the Good Hope Cemetery about three miles 
east of Glenford, Ohio. Only a few years liefore his death, he had 
successfully undergone an operation for the removal of one leg. The 
surgeons testified that "only his clean living made recovery from this 
operation possible." This operation had necessitated a large hos- 
pital bill, which with the reverses that followed swiftly after the 
passing of Samuel Deffenbaugh caused them to lose the place. 
This had been the home of "Aunt Mary" from the time she came 
there as a young bride. She moved with her daughter to Shiloh, 
Ohio, and from there to the city of Ashland, Ohio, where she passed 
away February 1, 1934, at the age of 88 years, 3 months, and 2 
days. Her pastor, Rev. Dyoll Belote, then Pastor of the Ashland 
Brethren Church, conducted her last rites in the Lutheran Church, 
east of Glenford, Ohio, after which she was buried in the near-by 
cemetery by the side of her husband. Rev. Belote in his obituary, 
wrote in part : 

For 64 years Sister Deffenbaugh made her home on the Deffen- 
baugh homestead not far from here. For A l / 2 years she has made 
her home with her children in Ashland. . . . Upon removal to Ash- 
land she placed her letter in the First Brethren Church of that 
place, and of which I have the honor of being pastor, and has con- 



tinned her faithfulness to her belief and practices which has made 
her loved and respected among all who have ever been privileged 
to meet and call her friend. A great many of the ministers of the 
Brethren church of my age have preached at some time in the 
Glenford charge, and among them all she was held in universal 
esteem for her wise counsel, and motherly interest in the welfare of 
all those who were called by the church to serve as its shepherd. 

Dr. J. Allen Miller said to your speaker on Thursday evening 
as we stood at the steps of his home, "I want you to bear testimony 
for me to the influence she had in my life, when as a young man, 
just starting in the ministry, she took me into her home and for 
four years was a friendly and wise counsellor and a mother to a 
young man who had never known the sympathy and love of an own 
mother. She was a good woman." And I am sure that if the dozen 
men whom I could name who have served as pastor of the Glenford 




Founders Hall, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, where numerous Mack descendants 

have been educated 


Church were present today their testimony would be as full and 
sincere as Dr. Miller's. 

To the union of Samuel and Mary Mack Deffenbaugh were born 
two children. 

1. Charles E. Deffenbaugh, b. Jan. 23, 1867. He was a student in 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio, in 1888. He taught for a term in 
later years in this institution. Practically all his life was spent on 
the farm of his birth, which he, in conjunction with his father, 
managed. He married on Aug. 12, 1891, Minnie Oaks of Trotwood, 
Ohio. She had also been a student of Ashland College. She died 
at the family home near Glenford, Ohio, July 20, 1917. She is 
buried in the Good Hope Cemetery, east of Glenford, Ohio. To 
this union were born three children. 

1. Miriam Gladys Deffenbaugh, b. April 2, 1900. She lived but a 
couple years. Two others were born, but died at birth. Charley 
Deffenbaugh and Minnie Deffenbaugh were members of the Breth- 
ren Church. He married the second time Miss Juanita Huo;?ens of 
Arkansas, Sept. 23, 1924; d. in Ashland, Ohio, April 7, 1934; buried 
in Good Hope Cemetery, east of Glenford, Ohio. 

2. Ethel Deffenbaugh, b. Oct. 23, 1887, on the Deffenbaugh home 
farm, east of Glenford, Ohio. She attended Ashland College; m. 
Jan. 27, 1909, to Charles Tinkey, Ashland, Ohio, b. May 2, 1888, in 
the city of Ashland, Ohio. They were both members of the Breth- 
ren Church. He died on the farm where they lived near Shiloh, 
Ohio, March 7, 1932. Services were conducted by Dr. J. Allen 
Miller of Ashland, Ohio, and burial in Gool Hope Cemetery near 
Glenford, Ohio. To the union of Charles and Ethel Deffenbaugh 
Tinkey was born one child. 

1. John Tinkey, born July 29, 1910, at the Deffenbaugh home 4 
miles east of Glenford, Ohio. He is a member of the Brethren 
Church. He attended Ashland College; m. June 18, 1935, Hazel 
Myers, Perrysville, Ohio. They live in Ashland, Ohio, with his 
mother. No issue. 

ELDER JACOB MACK (1803-1871) 

In a bold hand, written upon the pages of Jacob Mack's old Bible, 
there stands out boldly the following line : "Our son Jacob was born 
in the year 1803 Nov. the 3." Thus did the father record the birth 
of the man who became one of the active pioneer preachers of his 
day (Alexander Mack, Alexander Mack, Jr., William Mack, Jacob 
Mack, Jacob Mack). Jacob was born in German Township, Fay- 
ette County, Pennsylvania. He, like the other brothers and sisters, 
was born on Brown's Run. He too, like the others, found his first 
playground in the mill conducted by his father. Perhaps he enjoyed 
the slippery chute that returned the grist to the customer's wagon, 
sliding down it from time to time. He, too, like his brothers and 
sisters, was taught the German language. However, the next gen- 
eration gradually forgot the language of their fathers and held 
strictly to the English. Jacob not only grew to manhood in the 
county of his birth, but most of his life was spent in this county. 
In those early days it was of rare beauty. The forests, winding- 
roads, and clear streams not yet polluted by the mine drainage were 
such as to please the eye of the nature lover. The skies were. not 
clouded by smoke from belching coke ovens, and two languages 
only were spoken, German and English. Intensive industry makes 
many changes, and not all of them lend to the aesthetic. Unfortu- 
nately in this section of the country today where the young man 
Jacob Mack grew to adult life, the majority of the people have no 
regard for the things of another generation ; they are no part of it. 
Jacob was taught the milling trade. Like the Apostle Paul of old, 
they considered it good to have a trade. When his father emigrated 
to Ohio, Jacob took over the mill and conducted the business until 
he sold the mill and the land, consisting of 41 acres, 2 roods, and 11 
perches, to Jefferson Ache on March 29, 1867. As long as Jacob 
owned the mill, it was his custom to run the mill through the week 
and preach on Sunday. Jacob was the fourth child born to Jacob 
and Nancy Moser Mack. When a young man, he took for his wife 
the daughter of neighbor Joseph Longanecker. She was one of the 



live children of Joseph Longanecker's first wife. In marrying this 
young lady Catherine, young Jacob caused some interesting relation- 
ships inasmuch as she was his sister Sarah's stepdaughter. Sarah, 
as will be recalled, married Joseph Longanecker. 

The date of Jacob Mack's induction to the ministry is not at hand. 
He, like his forefathers, was very active in the German Baptist 
Church, as it was known in those days. He was a contemporary of 
Elder James Quinter, and the two worked together for quite a 
number of years in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and also were 
associated in the work in Ohio in and around Brownsville. Jacob 
visited his brothers and sisters in Licking County, Ohio, from time 
to time and with Quinter held services for those folks on the fron- 
tier. Eventually Quinter located in Ohio after many years of service 
in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. He told Mary Mack Deffenbaugh, 
"I stayed in Pennsylvania until I told them all I knew; then came to 

One of Jacob Mack's letters may be of interest to the public in 
this modern age. It is worthy of study. The letter is as follows. 
The spelling is his: 

July 23 1852. 

Germantownship, Fayette Co., Pa. Dear brother and sister, and 
friends one and all. I take up my pen this afternoon to drop a few 
liius to you again. It strikes me that I wrote last, but be that as it 
may, as 1 said once before, I am determined to write whether you do 
amongst you or not, and in the first place, I will let you know that 
we are all well with the exception of Catherine who is still poorly 
tho not bedfast but very weak. She is still using medicine and it so 
far seems to have the desired affect, so that the Simptoms of im- 
provement are flattering. She is not swelled as much as what she 
was by some considerable. I hope through the mercy of God and the 
use of means that she may be restored to health. But the Lord only 
knows what the result is going to be, to His doing we are bound to 
submit however hard it may appear to us at first view. But it is 
said and from good authority that all shall work together for good 
to them that put their trust in the Lord. Therefore it is our duty 
to submit all into the hands of the Lord and exclaim with David, 
Should the Lord even slay me, yet will I put my trust in him, and 
again. If the Lord be for us who can be against us. And as we are 
acquainted in a measure of the uncertainty of this life how neces- 
sarily does it follow then, that we should prepare for the life that 
is to come, by walking humbly before God and worship Him in the 
beuty of holiness without which it is said no man shall see the Lord. 

People all around us are dropping into Eternity. Old Sister 
Leatherman was berried some time in June perhaps about five weeks 


ago, and Thomas Richies wife was berried yesterday (She was a 
Hamilton) and today I was at a berrien, one of Isaac Locks Daugh- 
ters a young woman in the bloom of life and a short notice. She 
died with one of those malignant cases of aresiplous. She only layed 
about 6 days. O how uncertain is life, and how certain is death, 
and yet how seldom do the majority of the human family think 
thereof. It is a solemn thought but I cannot dwell. I saw and heard 
in Masontown yesterday what I could scarcely have believed if I 
had not seen it. Robert Altman, a son of old Solomon Altman, 
having got into a drunken spree, and the Devil himself could be no 
wickeder, he appeared as destitute of humanity as a ferocious tiger. 
All Masontown seems to be afraid of him, he threatened to kill two 
of his brothers. He said that he did not regard his own life for he 
knew the gallows would be his lot, and Damnation his doom. O 
beloved Brother and Sister to horrible to think about, Consequently 
I will drop it. 

Lucy Deffenbaugh (it was Babb) John Longanecker knows her 
well, after having lost her speech for something like 20 years she 
can now talk as plain as ever, her speech came back graduel, perhaps 
3 weeks in coming, it is very astonishing that never the less true. 

I will let you know that I received Brother John Macks letter 
after a long look for, and was glad to hear from you, and particu- 
larily to hear that you were reasonably well, which is a blessing, I 
fear too many do not appreciate. I want you to tell Brother John 
that I intend to answer his letter one of these days and John Cooper- 
rider too tel him that I have not forgotten him, and Alexander. I 
remember you all and father and mother especially. It so happens 
that I cannot come to see you. Consequently I am determong as 
long as I have strength and health and when ever you get tired of 
my writing, just tel me know and then I will write as much more. 
And all out of pure love and real friendship, and I know love and 
friendship will never do or say any thing to inger a person, but 
right to the reverce. Therefore accept of my admonitions, believing 
them to be the result of love and friendship. But O how much more 
happy would I be if I could be with you a week or two. Why it 
really seems to me I could talk all the time if it was necessary, but 
I would like to do as well as talk. I really do hope through the 
mercy of God, that we may injoy that happy privelige once more. 
I was up in Barber County Virginia on the 19, 20, and 21st of June 
and had some fine meeting there 7 baptized, and will be a love feast 
up there on the 4 and 5 of September. I purpose going if Catherine 
is so that I can leave. Our meeting next Sunday is at the Grove. 
There is one to be baptized. People are getting along fine with 
their harvesting. This week has been first rate for making hay. 
Yesterday and today weare very warm, But week before last was a 
little warmer then common. Mercury stood at 98 degrees in the 
shade. The wether has been dry. The crops of wheat are good, 
oats will be tolerable but late, perty smart of the corn will be short. 



Flour is 3 dollars in the mill, corn 50 cents. Horses, cattle, Hogs 
and Bacon are high. Now I believe I am done for the present hop- 
ing the above lines may find you all well. Now unto the King Eternal, 
Immortal, Invisible, and all wise God, be Glory dominion and maj- 
esty ascribed now and ever, Amen. 

Our love to you all, so much from your Brother until death. 
Dont forget to write. 

Jack Mack to Jacob Leckrone. 

The above letter was written to Jacob Leckrone, his brother-in- 
law, and sister, in Licking County, Ohio. It is postmarked Union- 
town, Pennsylvania, July 25. Instead of a stamp, there is a mark 
indicating that three cents had been paid. The letter was written 
upon a four-page sheet, each page 8 x 13. The last part of the letter 
was so folded that there was no envelope needed and was postmarked 
upon that section. The ink is clear ; the words are spelled as spelled 
in the letter. Jacob Leckrone married Jacob Mack's sister Agnes 
and lived approximately one mile west and a mile south of Browns- 
ville, Ohio. John Mack was the brother of the letter writer and 
lived approximately a mile and a half west of the Leckrones. His 
father and mother to whom he referred were Jacob and Nancy Mack, 
who lived on the farm adjoining John. Alexander, mentioned in the 
letter, was also a brother of John and Jacob, the writer. John Coop- 


Fairview Church of the Brethren (Georges Creek), Masontown, Pa. 



Masontown Brethren Church 

errider had married his youngest sister, Anna, and lived near 
John Mack and the old folks. John Longanecker had married Jacob's 
sister Polly. Catherine, Jacob's wife, died in 1855, and was buried 
in the cemetery at Fairview Church of the Brethren near Mason- 
town, Pennsylvania. The sheet of paper was in one piece and had 
a seal of wax upon it. 

The German Baptists, as they were called in 1835, worshiped in 
their houses and barns, as is -well known, in new sections of the 
country where they were settling. It was no exception in Fayette 
County, Pennsylvania. It is only natural to assume that the large 
house belonging to Jacob Mack hard by the mill was the scene of 
numerous meetings and gatherings. Here young Jacob imbibed the 
sound doctrine and established a profound faith and trust in the 
Book of books, the Bible. This was the centerpiece in every Tunker 
home, and not for decorative purposes only. As people of like faith 
settled in and around Masontown, it was decided to launch out 
boldly and erect a house of worship. In the year 1835, Ephraim 
Walters donated a lot upon the hilltop on his land. John DeBolt, 
owner of a sawmill, agreed to saw the lumber. Joseph Mosier was 
the contractor. It was a day of solemn rejoicing when the ground 
was broken for the structure. Jacob Mack, who was later one of 


the pastors of the church, it may be correctly assumed was one of 
those working in the construction of the building. Ephraim Walters, 
living near the site of the new edifice, along with Samuel Aughey, 
now written Ache by his descendants, were the trustees. Here 
upon the beautiful hilltop, with a magnificent view in all directions 
and off in the distance a brief view of the shimmering Monongahela 
River, the first Tunker Church was built in this section of Fayette 
County. Across the valley, to the southwest approximately a mile, 
lay the little village of Masontown like a diamond in a setting of 
green while the hills stretched out as far as the eye could see. When 
the matter of a name came up, the view was beautiful, and fair in 
every direction, so why not "Fair View"? So today it is "Fairview." 
Among the first ministers to serve this church on the hilltop were 
James Kelso, James Fouch, Letherman Sphon, James Quinter, 
Jacob Mack, and Joseph 1. Cover. The membership at one time was 
large, numbering over 200. Today the membership is rather small. 
However, the Fairview Church is the mother of the Tunker church- 
es in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. The First Brethren Church of 
Masontown is likewise a product of the Fairview Church. Rev. 
Albert Haught is the present pastor of the Fairview Church of the 
Brethren, Georges Creek congregation. 

The Fairview Church building had been remodeled in 1888 but 
the severe lines put into the structure, well over one hundred years 
ago, by the sturdy builders are easily discernible. The work grew, 
and new converts were won until it was decided to launch out into 
other fields. On September IS, 1837, William Moser of Georges 
Township, sold to Samuel Ache, Ephraim Walters, and Daniel 
Moser, trustees for the Georges German Baptist Association, fifteen 
and a half perches of land in Georges Township for the purpose of 
erecting a church. In 1838 the church, a log building, was erected. 
The families constituting the membership at the time of the erection 
of the building, consisted of the Bakers. Gans, Leathermans, Mosers, 
Aches, Covers, and Longaneckers. Among the early ministers pre- 
siding over the Grove congregation, as it was called, were Joseph 
Leatherman, Isaiah Custer, James Kelso, James Fouch, James 
Quinter, Jacob Mack, Joseph I. Cover, A. J. Sterling, and John 
Johnson. The original log building was torn down in 1861, and a 
frame building erected. For three or four years after the erection 
of the new building a "Sabbath School" was conducted, having been 


organized by the superintendent William Moser. The Grove Church 
is now only a memory. The site of the building of another day is 
near that which is known today as Walnut Hill. 

The old dictionary used by Jacob Mack, in his self-instruction, 
was printed in 1811. It is owned by his granddaughter Mrs. J. C. 
Donahue, of 35 Ben Lomond Street, Uniontown, Pennsylvania. We 
think it timely to include at this time an article from the gifted 
pen of Miss Oma Karn, entitled "Reminiscences of a Pioneer 
Preacher," which appeared years ago in the Brethren Family 
Almanac, 1909. However, it will be noted that the date of birth 
should have been 1803 instead of 1802. 

Surrounded by the ease of modern life, with every facility to help 
us along, we cannot realize the hardship and constant self-sacrificing 
circumstances that attended the lives of our ancestors, especially 
those who stood as witnesses for the Truth and carried the Bread 
of Life to hungry souls, leaving to us the rich spiritual heritage 
that we today enjoy. 

Prominent among these was Eld. Jacob Mack, grandson of the 
second Alexander Mack of history. He was born in Pennsylvania 
about the year 1802, and ordained to the ministry while still young. 
About the time of his ordination his parents moved to what is now 
the northeastern district of Ohio, the territory lying between these 
two localities becoming a favorite route to Bro. Mack who made 
many trips to and fro, scattering the precious seed as he went, each 
trip enlarging and widening the borders of Zion. 

As a speaker, he had more than ordinary ability, with the addition 
of fine musical talent, well trained by use, as he rode amidst the 
solitudes of the forest. One of his favorite hymns was "Joyfully, 
Joyfully, Onward I Go," the strains of which could often be heard 
ringing down the leafy aisles, announcing to some lonely backwoods 
settler the joyful fact that the preacher was coming. 

On these trips Bro. James Quinter frequently accompanied him. 
Meetinghouses were few and far between. Services were held in 
the houses, barns, or if the weather would permit, in the open air. 
These two brethren were most frequently called upon to settle any 
difficulty that arose along the route. 

Here to Ohio had also come Bro. Mack's sister in the flesh, Sister 
Agnes Mack Leckrone, a most gifted and saintly woman whose 
chief concern was the Master's cause. When a child, the mother of 
the writer well remembers lying up in the loft of the old log house, 
listening to these three counseling together as to what was best 
for this cause. For there were grave questions to be settled in 
those days just as there are today. 

Together with the hardship, dangers, and perplexities accom- 
panying these trips, the accommodations along the way were not 



what they arc today. On one occasion, the two brethren were travel- 
ing together and did not reach the home of the brother where they 
were to spend the night until quite late. The house was a primitive 
cabin of one room and a lean-to, and the family, an old fashioned 
one, numbering any where from eight to twelve. The brethren could 
not help looking curiously about wondering where the sleeping 
accommodations could be made. 

When bedtime arrived, their host put a chair by the bureau and 
another on top of it and invited his guests to ascend to the loft 
above. I'm. Qu inter went up with the agility of a schoolboy and 
then turned and gravely, but humorously, cheered on his companion, 
who, being a large man, had to pant considerably before he reached 
the tipper room. Several of the children followed, and sleep was 
sweet in the low, bare loft, for souls were hungry in those clays, 
and the pleasure and peace that followed feeding them was great. 

Bro. Alack lived to a good age, active to the last. He had the joy 
of seeing some of the seed he had dropped grow up into strong trees, 
with deep roots and widespreading branches, as well as the coming 
of many facilities for more active service in the vineyard of the 
Master he so faithfully served. 

As far as the writer knows the oldest living descendant to bear 
the name "Mack," and the closest to the elder mentioned above is 
William Mack, now living in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, on Pitts- 
burgh Road. He is approaching his eighty-second year. 1 More 
will be mentioned later regarding him. Suffice it to state in this 
connection that he well remembers the Elder Jacob Mack, who was 
his grandfather. To the writer he said that he had often heard 
"Grandpap preach." He described him as being a man well over six 
feet in height, with a beard that seemed "to come way down on his 
breast." While he was large, he was well proportioned, and the active 
life that he led did not build up surplus weight. There are two 
other grandchildren who will be mentioned later on. However they 
were not born until after the passing of their illustrious grandfather. 
After selling to Jefferson Ache in 1867 the mill which he had 
taken over from his father, Elder Jacob Mack heeded the call to the 
far West, as it was known in those days, and we find him almost to 
the Mississippi River on the extreme western side of the state of 
Illinois. Here in the Astoria congregation, Fulton County, Illinois, 
on Aug. 21, 1871, at the age of 67 years, 9 months, and 18 days the 
faithful warrior of the cross closed his eyes to the scenes of earth. 

1. William Mack died a few weeks after this paragraph was 



lie fore we pass on to his family, perhaps an old obituary written by 
his hand will he of interest. It is in the Christian Family Companion, 
published by Henry R. llolsiuger of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, Tues- 
day, Jan. 18, 1870. The writer is indebted to Rev. D. C. White for 
the gift of this original sheet, yellow with age. 

In the Ostoria branch, 111., Dec. 13th, '69, brother DANIEL 
SPRINKLE; aged 40 years, 11 months, and 27 days. He was a 
worthy brother. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn their 
loss. Funeral services from Rev. 21 :4, by the writer and others, to 
a large congregation. . Jacob Mack. 

Longanecker Mack, were 

To the union of Jacob and Catlu 
born live children. 

1. Sarah Mack, b. near Masontown, Pa., July 21, 1827. She grew 
to girlhood in the community of her birth. She became the wife of 
Ephraim Walters, living between' Masontown and the Fairview 
Church. She was his second wife. They lived in a large brick house 
which stands today on the side of the hard road leading to Fairview 
Church and to Jacob's Creek. They were both members of the Ger- 
man Raptist Church. He will lie recalled as being mentioned in the 


IKN, 1'A. 

Joseph Mack and wife Rebecca Mack, with their grandson Joseph, 
a son of Allen Mack 



Sarah Mack Walters 

Elizabeth Kefover 



Fanny Mack 

erection of the Fairview and the Grove church houses. No chil- 
dren were born to this union. She was very generous, differing in 
nature from her husband who was inclined to the opposite. Many 
a needy family were benefited by her charities. She died March 
31, 1893, and is buried on the hilltop cemetery by the side of Fair- 
view, just a few hundred yards from where her home had been. 

2. The second child born to Jacob and Catherine Longanecker 
.Mack, was. Joseph Mack, b. near Masontown, Pa., Oct. 31, 1828. 
He, like his father Jacob and his grandfather Jacob, as well as 
others of his family and name, was taught the milling trade. He 
lived two miles up Brown's Run from the mill owned and operated 
by his father and which had been his grandfather's. He lived at 
Messmore and had a sawmill in connection with the mill for the 
purpose of grinding grain. The first mill here was an ox mill built 
in 1796. Later water was used through the agency of the wheel. 
Then the mill became very modern by powering the mill with 
steam in 1839. Joseph Mack purchased the mill in 1868 and oper- 
ated it continually until 1909. The mill was destroyed by fire in 
1928 and never rebuilt. The mill was operated from the time of 
his death by his sons until 1919. 

The mill owned and operated by Joseph Mack, like many of the 
mills of that day, had also a sawmill. The country was heavily 
timbered and this kept the hands employed the year around. In- 
teresting things happened from time to time in connection with the 



work of the mill. The Uniontown paper carried a record of one 
of them in those days. 

One day last week while Joseph Mack, of German Township, was 
ripping a large walnut log into boards for J. C. Lawrence, at his 
mill of Brown's Run, when within about three inches of the heart 
the saw came in contact with a nail which had been driven when the 
tree was a mere sapling, probably a hundred years ago. Running 
the carriage back he took off a section of the log about four feet in 
length, when he discovered a wooden pin imbedded near the heart. 
When the pin was taken out, Mr. Mack extracted from the hole a 


Mill owned and run by Joseph Mack at Messrrore, Pa.; (1) John Mack; (2) Joseph Mack; (3) Willis 
Mack; (4) Frank Mack, son of William Mack. Picture taken in 1892. 


bunch of human hair and numerous pieces of finger and toe nails 
neatly done up in a woolen cloth. His curiosity by the discovery 
of another bunch of hair and toe nails, together with a common rifle 
bullet of about one hundred and fifty caliber, all neatly done up in 
a silk rag. The question arises, when was it put there, who put it 
there, and for what purpose? There is no doubt that near a hundred 
years elapsed since it was put there, as the size of the tree indicates 
its age, but who did it and what the object was, are only matters of 
conjecture. It can only be accounted for on the ground of super- 
stition, or perhaps as a charm against witchcraft, which many of 
the old settlers believed in. It is rather a curiosity, and can be seen 
by anyone who will call upon Mr. Mack. 

After retiring from active work at the mill, Joseph Mack and 
wife moved to Church Street, Uniontovvn, Pennsylvania, where he 
passed away January IS, 1909. The funeral took place on Sunday 
afternoon at the home, and was in charge of Rev. Jasper Barnthouse 
of Uniontown, assisted by Rev. Alpheus DeBolt of Masontown. He 
had been an active member of the Brethren Church from his earliest 
years. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery in Uniontown. The 
newspaper clipping also states, "Out of town persons who were 
here for the funeral were, J. L. Mack and family, and W. H. Mack 
and family, Messmore; Mr. and Mrs. Alex. Mack, Warren Mack, 
Miss Katie Mack, and Miss Lillian Sterling of Masontown, Joseph 
Mack, Morgantown, and Mrs. Jennie Bartlett, Meadow Grove, 
W. Va." 

To the union of Joseph and Rebecca Mack were born five chil- 

1. John Longanecker Mack, b. July 29, 1857; m. Aug. 22, 1878, 
Elizabeth Kefover, Masontown, Pa. He conducted the mill at 
Messmore for a number of years. This mill was formerly owned 
by his father. Eor a period of sixteen years he was also the post- 
master there at Messmore. He died July 29, 1910, and is buried in 
Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa. Mrs. Elizabeth Mack, his 
widow, lives at 63 West Craig St., Uniontown, Pa. She has ren- 
dered valuable aid in the gathering of material and supplying in- 
formation for this production. John Mack had been working at 
Brownsville, Ohio, for his great uncle, George Mack, when he 
planned marriage. John Longanecker anticipated the wedding and 
in a letter given in another place makes mention of the coming 
marriage. After the marriage of John Mack and Elizabeth Kefover, 


they returned to Brownsville, Ohio, where they lived for some 
time in the third house west of the mill hy the side of the Old 
National Pike. The house stands today very much as it was when 
as a bride and groom they took up their residence there. To the 
union of John and Elizabeth Kefover Mack were born live children. 

1. Emerson Mack, b. at Brownsville, Ohio, April 23, 1879. He 
lives with his mother in Uniontown, Pa. Unmarried. 

2. Mary Frances Mack, b. in Fayette Co., Pa., March 5, 1882 ; 
d. Oct. 12, 1920 ; buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa. 

3. Charles Kefover Mack, b. at Messmore, Pa.,' April 19, 1886; m. 
Marie Harrison, Washington Co., Pa. Issue: three children. 

1, Frances Leola Mack, b. at Uniontown, Pa., Oct. 23, 1913; m. 
Eugene Gregg, Sept. 30, 1939. Present address : X'ewark, 01 io. He 
is a garage employee. Issue: one child. 

1 . A son. 

2. Charles Kenneth Mack, b. at Uniontown. Pa., July 28, 1917: 
m. Jan. 15, 1942, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Ethel Mae Nester, of 
Jane Lew, W. Va. The ceremony was performed by the Army 
Chaplain. Charles Mack is with the Aerial Division of the U. S. 

3. Marling Lee Ma^k, b. at Uniontown, Pa., June 26, 1931. He 
lives at home with his parents, 21 Wilson Ave., Uniontown, Pa. 

4. Homer Mack, b. Nov. 26, 1890. Present address: Uniontown, 
Pa.; m. March 26, 1910, Blanche Leonard, b. Dec. 21, 1892. Issue: 
four children. 

1. Helen Leona Mack, b. at Uniontown, Pa., Aug. 22, 1911; in. 
June 1938, Gaddis Reese of Uniontown, Pa., b. Jan. 29, 1909. 

2. Wallace Leonard Mack, b. in Uniontown, Pa., June 5, 1915; 
m. July 12, 1934, Ethel Fearer, b. April 22, 1913. Issue : one child. 

1. Wallace Leonard Mack, Jr., b. March 14, 1935. 

3. Genevieve Mack, b. at Uniontown, Pa., Jan. 3, 1917. She is a 
graduate nurse and is in Garfield Hospital, Washington, D, C. 

4. Louise Mack, b. Sept. 10, 1934, at Uniontown, Pa. 

5. Harold Alexander Mack, b. at Messmore, April 18, 1895: m. 
Sept. 29, 1920, Katherine Bailey O'Laughlan, b. May 19, 1903. 
Present address: Uniontown, Pa. Issue: two children. 



1. Harold Alexander Mack, Jr., b. June 3, 1921. 

2. Howard Mack, b. May 10, 1923; July 4, 1942, m. Kathleen 
Marie Solomon, b. in Uniontown, Pa., Aug. 22, 1924. Rev. Dyoll 
Belote officiated. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy 
Solomon. They are active members of the Second Brethren Church. 
He is a mechanic. Present address : 57 Lemon St., Uniontown, Pa. 

2. Alexander Mack, son of Joseph and Rebecca Mack; d. in 

3. William Mack, son of Joseph and Rebecca Mack, b. in Greene 
Co., Pa., May 19, 1860. He was taught the milling trade by his 
father and worked with him at the Messmore mill, commonly known 
as Mack's Mills. After the death of his father, with his brother he 
operated the mill for a number of years. Oct. 23, 1884, he married 


William Mack. Taken a few weeks 
before his death 


Miss Louise Deffenbaugh of Brownsville, Pa. After retiring from 
the farm and mill, they moved to Uniontown, Pa. He was very 
much interested in the collection and assembling of the material for 
this history. He furnished many items and was desirous that he 
might live until the production would be in print. However, he 
became ill and passed away at the home on Pittsburgh Road March 
28, 1942. His last services were conducted by the writer; buried in 
Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa. At the time of his death he 
was 81 years, 9 months, and 9 days old. To the union of William 
and Louise Deffenbaugh Mack were born four children. 

1. George Mack, b. Nov. 14, 1885. He with his mother lives at 
235 Pittsburgh Road, Uniontown, Pa. They were formerly mem- 
bers of the Brethren Church. George married Martha Brown in 
1921. She died in 1925. He is a bookkeeper and office worker. 

2. Frank Mack, b. Aug. 5, 1889; m. Virginia Arison. Present 
address : Connellsville, Pa. He is an engineer on the Baltimore and 
Ohio Railroad. Issue: three children. 

1. Blanche Mack, m. Henry Blair. Issue: three children. 

1. Joyce Blair, b. May 8, 1932. 

2. Robert Blair, b. Dec. 15, 1934. 

3. John Blair, b. 1936. 

2. Louise Mack, b. Nov. 7, 1914; m. Kelso Atkins, June 7, 1933. 
Present address: Connellsville, Pa. Issue: one child. 

1. Kelso Atkins, Jr., b. Feb. 22, 1935. 

3. William Jacob Alexander Mack, b. Fayette Co., Pa., Sept. 7, 
1891 ; m. Marie Varndell, Uniontown, Pa. He is a mechanic for an 
express company. Present address : Cleveland, Ohio. Issue : two 

1. George Mack, b. May 27, 1915; m. Sarah Cunningham, Cleve- 
land, Ohio, April 6, 1937. Present address : Cleveland, Ohio. He 
is employed by an express company. Issue : three children. 

1. Margery Mack, b. April 1, 1938. 

2. George Mack (a twin), b. Dec. 22, 1940. 

3. Sara Mack (a twin), b. Dec. 22, 1940. 
2. Laverne Mack, b. May 9, 1924. 

4. Lester Mack, b. in Fayette Co., Pa., Sept. 12, 1897; m. Monica 
Pierce of Uniontown, Pa., May 1920. Employed by the Railroad 
Co. Present address : Uniontown, Pa. No issue. 

4. Fanny Mack, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Mack, b. in 


Fayette Co., Pa., Jan. 4, 1862; d. Sept. 6, 1902; unmarried. She is 
buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa. 

5. Allen Mack, b. to Joseph and Rebecca Mack in German Twp., 
Fayette Co., in 1864; d. in Santiago, Calif., in 1918. He was married 
and had one son. 

1. Joseph Mack. He has two boys and lives in New York. 

3. Alexander Mack, son of Jacob and Catherine Longanecker 
Mack, b. on Brown's Run, German Twp., March 18, 1834; m. March 
27, 1862, EIniira Josephine Allebaugh at the home of the bride's 
parents in Masontown, by Rev. James P. Baird, Cumberland Pres- 
byterian minister. When they celebrated their Golden Wedding 
anniversary in March 1912, it was a gala event. Let us listen to 
Alexander Mack himself, on that festivity when he says, 

We had a very quiet wedding. Attendants were unknown then 
and we didn't have any. At night they gave us a serenade and 1 
remember that C. C. Sterling and Wesley Darrell were in the party. 
Buggies were scarce in those days and the one I used for the 
wedding belonged to Jacob Longanecker, father of Dr. W. A. Long- 
anecker, now of Pittsburgh. Bad as the roads are here now, they 
are a hundred per cent better than they were 50 years ago. 

I was born on Brown's Run, a mile from Masontown, March 18, 
1834, and my parents were Jacob Mack, a Dunkard preacher, and 
Catherine Longanecker. In my youth I learned the miller's trade 
and ground wheat and corn. 

When a boy I learned to chew tobacco, but when I appeared be- 
fore County Superintendent Joshua V. Gibbons to take the examina- 
tion to teach school he advised the applicants to abstain from to- 
bacco and I quit chewing then and haven't used tobacco since. 

For twelve terms I taught school, starting in 1856 and finishing 
in April 1865. One term was in Greene County, but nearly all the 
time was in and around Masontown. I never whipped any one and 
I think I had a lot better order than they do now. Wages were low, 
and $28 a month was the highest I ever received, although there 
were many pupils. There were two months in the little schoolhouse 
in Masontown when I averaged 66 pupils and taught everything 
from ABC's to algebra and engineering. They paid country teach- 
ers $18 to $20 a month then. The cost of living was high, too, during 
the war. The first dress I ever bought my wife was a calico, 10 
yards, for which I paid 40c a yard. 

In 1865 T started in business on the corner where I am still 
located. We were in Philadelphia for the first stock of goods when 
Lincoln's corpse went through and if I live as long as they've 
wished me tonight I never want to be in such a crowd again. 

Our firm was Mack and Provins, Silas R. Provins being my 
partner. In 1867 I bought him out and have been running the 


store myself ever since. I'm on the same corner, but I erected a 
new store building alxmt 27 years ago. 2 

For years past I've never been later than 4 o'clock in the morn- 
ing opening my store, once in three months and it's oftener 3 o'clock 
than 4. You can make much good time working at that hour of the 
morning. Some people joke and say they set their clocks by the 
time I open my store. At night I keep the store open till 9 o'clock, 
and it's not much after that time when I go to bed. 

I remember the time when not more than two or three news- 
papers a week were received in Masontown. During the war people 
would gather in John Ross's store and he and Milt Schroyer would 
read the news of the war. Ross had a store where the Maddas build- 
ing was recently burned out. There was a big sign "No Trust," 
and the room was always filled with tobacco smoke. 

When I started in business Ross's store was the only other one in 
Masontown. We knew every man, woman, and child in those days. 
I bought large quantities of eggs and butter. Sometimes we would 
b'.iv eggs at live cents and sell them at three cents, anything to get 
shed of them. I remember one hot summer day I carried 80 dozen 
?ggs out to the garden and buried them. But times have changed, 
and instead of shipping eggs away now they have to bring them in. 

In all my business career I never sued a man and never had a 
note or check protested. Forty and fifty years ago it was an insult 
if you'd send a man a bill and he'd be sure to quit you, but now I 
send out statements each month to my customers. Yes I have some 
of the same customers I had when I started; J. M. Howard is one of 
them. 1 have been patronizing some of the same wholesale firms for 
years. I've been buying hardware from Logan, Gregg & Co., of 
Pittsburgh, every year except the first year I was in business. In 
the early times wagons used to peddle goods and I've bought thou- 
sands of dollars worth of goods from them, but most of my goods 
have come from Pittsburgh. I've sold everything from needles to 
a grist mill. 

I lost one year from work by sickness and I believe if I'd kept 
on takinst medicine I'd be in the house yet or dead. About five years 
ago I took off two months and made a trip to the Pacific Coast witli 
my granddaughters and two of ray nieces. Charles A. Provance 
has been my clerk for nearly 10 years past. 

Yes. they used candles in the olden days, but in 1868 I got a little 
brass oil lamp and many people came in to see it. I have it yet and 
am still using it. I had the first telephone ever in Masontown, a 
Bell instrument, and I remember when the first telegram was re- 
ceived here by the late A. J. Sterling from the operator at Gray's 
Landing. Tonight I received a telegram of congratulation from 
Nancy Renshaw Vance of Brook Haven, Miss., whom I used to 

2. The storeroom where he conducted his store for so manv years 
is now occupied by the Fair Store, conducted by Harry Kaplan. 


know real well. I venture to have a record of more births and 
deaths than any other two persons in Masontown. 

In 1872 my wife and I moved into this house, but I've almost 
built it over again. This parlor where we're sitting was formerly 
the bar room of a hotel managed by Absalom Longanecker, who 
died a few days ago in Uniontown. The first bank in Masontown, 
the First National, was started in this room about the spring of 
1900 and I was president. 

We had one child, one grandchild, and one great-grandchild — 
Louis Alexander Phillippi, Jr., now six months old and the boss of 
the household. He and his parents live with us and we all get 
along in perfect harmony. Our daughter was Catherine Lenora, 
who married William M. Sterling, and is now deceased. Her daugh- 
ter Lillian married Mr. Phillippi. 

I'm the last survivor of my parents' family, but my wife has 
several brothers and sisters. They are James R. Allebaugh, Mason- 
town ; Isaac O., Louisville, Ky. ; Mrs. James A. Weltner, Mason- 
town; Mrs. Daniel Deffenbaugh and Mrs. Reuben Weltner, Mc- 
Clellaudtown ; and Mrs. A. J. Moser, Uniontown. Mrs. Mack will 
be 70 years old November 30 next. 

The house where this celebration took place is across the street 
from Mr. H. A. Johnson, Masontown. It is occupied by a business 
place on the first floor and flats above. 

Alexander Mack of Masontown was a staunch member of the 
Democratic following. This is manifested in a letter written in the 
fiery days of his young manhood, before age cooled the blood. The 
letter written in a splendid style of penmanship, with numerous 
flourishes, with a blue ink which has faded little, if at all, was writ- 
ten to his cousin, Jonas Leckrone, at Brownsville, Ohio. The letter 
follows : 

Masontown, Pa. August 1/61. 

Mr. Jonas Leckrone Dear Sir. I received your letter and was 
glad to hear that you were well. And my gladness will still be aug- 
mented to hear further of your prosperity. The relations here are 
as well as common except Pa; he has not been able to do much for 
some time, in consequence of a pain in his back ; he still goes about 
but not much more. Mary Longanecker & I went to Uncle "Jo" 
Mosers last Saturday and to Meeting at the Grove on Sunday ; 
also at singing school at 3 o'clock at the same place. The New 
Church is weather-boarded & ready to cover — the shingles are there. 
It will be a much nicer house than Fairview. It will be done early in 
October, by the time you'll be here. 

The weather is quite seasonable : we had a very refreshing rain 
last night almost every thing — I mean as far as vegetation is con- 
cerned — looks well to the eye ; but there are other things that does 


not look well : much less do they sound well : for tis enough to chill 
the blood in the veins of a Marble hearted Miscreant; and yet it 
appears there are persons who can stand, it, yea tauntingly stand it 
But Sir Jonas; I think Things are assuming a different aspect. I 
do believe the calous, crisped, unfeeling hearts of some are beginning 
to give way while others — & and those connected by the ties of con- 
sanguinity too — still hold to what, I cannot but honestly believe is 
pure Satanic doctrine & from the effect produced by it: I believe 
that there is no other evil more fully stamped with black damnation 
than Abolitionism couched under the name of Republicanism. I 
would love to see Aunt Agnes & her sister to gether to talk the 
subject over, but I have but little hope that it would do good for 
they (The Abolitionists) are as devoid of reason as a Blackbird is 
of white, or as sugar is of Salt. 

I do not say this out of any disrespect. May I honor, love, & rev- 
erence gray hairs : but should even a young person give up to that 
which is grossly, vilely, Maliciously wrong: merely because the 
tongue that expressed it claps beneath a cranum covered with gray 
hair. No never but as Democrats we have all laid too low ; but I 
am pleased to know that in general they are becoming aroused & 
and weve many of them back from war now. They would be like 
the Irishman's flea : when "Abe" would go to put his fingers on they 
wouldent be there. A Regiment of the 3 mo. service was discharged 
in Pittsburgh on the 29th. The bankers offered them $30:000 to go 
back & they would not. 

My old friend John Q. Vanderslice is in war, he wrote to me 
often & it is interesting too but I have not time or space to tell you 
what he says more than while they were in camp at Columbus, some 
were almost naked & but little to eat. We finished harvesting here 
yesterday & depend it made me tired. Wheat is very low oats will 
not bring over lOcts in cash & even at that I cant tell who would 
buy more than 50 bushels. In our district last summer for congress 
the fight was on the Tariff. High Tariff on iron & then the good 
times will come; Now they have raised the Tariff on every thing 
a poor man wants & lored it $2 per tun on iron So we have good 
times with a vengeance. Coffee is 2Scts a lb. & thats about a cent a 

Give my respects to all that desire if there are any such and write 
me soon. Your harvest will soon be over & youll want to rest a day 
anyhow & when you do write, tell when we may look for you in. 

Yours Alex Mack. 

P.S. I will enclose in this envelope a letter for S. A. Mack. Please 
give it to her. I have a three cent piece left but I dont want the Re- 
publicans to get it for nothing. 

The first bill of goods of any size was bought in Philadelphia for 
the store. Here, with his partner as they walked down the street, 



they saw barrels of red berries. The sign said "CRANBERRIES." 
Supposing these which they had never seen before to be edible, as 
they were, they bought enough to fill their pockets, and started down 
the street eating them, rather beginning to eat them. The beginning 
was the end and they were immediately discarded. 

The home in which Alexander Mack lived for many years is 
located across the street from the home of H. A. Johnson, and is 
used on the first floor for a business room, while the upstairs is used 
for the family. Charles Provance, whom he mentions in his speech 
the night of the Golden Wedding celebration, worked for him six- 
teen years, and was the recipient of numerous favors from him. 
After he had been in his employ for five or six years, at each Christ- 
mas he received five twenty-dollar gold pieces as a gift. Previous 




Alexander Mack's Store, Masontown, Pa. Jacob DeBolt standing by pole. Charles Provance with 
Alexander Mack in front of store. Taken about 1905. 



Dr. E. K. Wells 
Masontown, Pa. 

Alexander Mack of Masontown, Pa. 

to this, smaller gifts were given in gold coin. A sign familiar to all, 
and also engraved upon various pieces of advertising was "Alex 
Mack, Dealer in Yankee Notions." In comparison with the Macks 
as a family, he was small of stature, weighing perhaps not at any- 
time over 135 pounds, and about five feet and eight inches tall. He 
wore a full beard for the most of his life. While not a member, 
he attended the Brethren Church from time to time and was gen- 
erous in his financial support of the church. A short time before 
his death he was in need of a physician. His custom was to sleep 
without removing his high collar. Dr. Wells suggested he would 
be more comfortable with a night shirt, and suggested that he put 
one on. He replied, "I never owned one of those things." Yet when 
his store was invoiced a few years afterward, it invoiced between 
ninety and one hundred thousand dollars. He died July 13, 1915, 
after having been confined to his bed from Easter. His last serv- 



ices were conducted by Rev. Martin Shively. and he was buried in 
the cemetery by the side of the Brethren Church, commonly known 
as the "Ross" Cemetery. His companion died in Los Angeles, Calif., 
Nov. 29, 1930. The body was placed in a mausoleum there and at a 
later time brought to Masontown, Pa., where her funeral was con- 
ducted in the Brethren Church. Rev. Martin Shively, a former 
Pastor who had conducted the funeral of her husband, came from 
Ashland, Ohio, and conducted her last rites Aug. 27, 1931. She was 
buried by the side of her husband, in the near-by cemetery. She had 
reached the ripe old age of eighty-eight years. 

To the union of Alexander and Elmira Allebaugh Mack, was 
born one child. 


Jacob Mack, known aa "Pennsylvania Jake" 

i con- 



r j e( j j n 1. Catherine Lenora Mack, b. Jan. 10, 1862, at Masontown, Pa. ; 

Ijnmm d. May 15, 1899; m. William Sterling of Masontown. Issue: two 

Qljf children. 

d ata ' 1. Ella Ray Sterling, b. June 12, 1881 ; d. April 21, 1885, as the 

result of a fall. Burial in Ross Cemetery, near the Brethren Church. 
2. Lillian Lee Sterling, b. at Masontown, Pa., April 2, 1889; m. 
from Louis Anderson Phillippi who died in California in 1937. Issue: 

. „.,. three children. 

. was 

ij a( j 1. Louis Phillippi, b. in Masontown 1912; lives in Los Angeles, 


2. Donald Phillippi, b. at Masontown, 1914. Lives at Los Angeles, 

3. James Mack Phillippi, b. at Masontown 1915; lives at Los 
Angeles, Calif. 

4. Nancy Mack, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine Longanecker 
Mack, b. on Brown's Run, German Township, Fayette Co., Pa. ; m. 
Mose Fern, and moved to near Shinston, W. Va. Issue : two children. 

1. John Fern. 

2. Jennie Fern. 

5. Jacob Mack, son of Jacob and Catherine Longanecker Mack, 
b. on Brown's Run, German Township, Fayette Co., Pa., June 27, 
1845; d. at his home near Masontown, Pa., from typhoid fever, 
Dec. 19, 1898; buried in Fairview Cemetery; Jan. 25, 1877, m. Han- 
nah Young, b. Feb. 12, 1855; d. Dec. 21, 1907; buried in Fairview 
Cemetery. Their home was on the farm between Fairview Church 
and Masontown. The farm joined the farm on which Jacob's 
sister, Sarah Mack Walters, lived. The farm on the hillside today 
is spoken of as being on "Mack's hill." Inasmuch as the name 
Jacob was one of the favorite names of the Macks, this Jacob was 
known by numerous relatives in Ohio when he would visit them as 
"Pennsylvania Jake." Jacob was a large man. His benefactions 
have been numerous, and many who have received them have men- 
tioned the matter to the writer. 

Jacob Mack was fond of horses and horseback riding. He was 
a large man, as were most of the Mack men and stood over six feet, 
weighing over two hundred pounds. He was a familiar sight upon 
his fast-stepping horse, and usually traveled with considerable speed. 
By nature, he was of a jolly disposition. One of his delights was to 




play a joke upon someone — harmless, however. From time to time, 
he would visit his Aunt Anna Mack Cooperrider in Ohio, along 
with other relatives. He delighted in disguising himself and asked 
late one evening of the Cooperriders if he might sleep in the barn. 
One summer on his visit to his old Aunt Anna Mack Cooperrider, 
he told her that in Pennsylvania "mullen pie was one of the del- 
icacies." "I never heard of that being used for pie," said his old 
aunt, perhaps with a twinkle in her eye. So while Jacob was assist- 
ing with the work in the field, she journeyed to the pasture lot and 
gathered a plentiful supply of mullen. The flour was worked into 
the proper consistency and the mullen worked in. When teasing 
Jacob returned from the field, he was informed that his pie was 
ready. There was nothing to do but eat it, and he did. "I would 
have eaten it if it had killed me," he told some who found out about 
the joke, backfiring as it was. To the union of Jacob and Hannah 
Young Mack, were born three children. 

1. Frances Young Mack, b. near Masontown, Pa., Nov. 27, 1877; 
m. 1909 to J. C. Donahue, of Uniontovvn. Present address : 35 Ben 
Lomond St., Uniontown, Pa. No issue. She has aided in supplying 
material for this production. 

2. Kathryn Mae Mack, b. March 3, 1882; m. to E. K. Wells, 
M.D., of Masontown, March 16, 1912; d. April 6, 1939; buried in 
the Jacob Mack lot at Fairview Church of the Brethren Cemetery. 
Her life was a busy one, and her generosity knew no limits for 
those in need. Many a little arrival in this world would not have 

Children of Jacob Mack (left to right) : Mrs. Fanny Mack 
Donahue, Mrs. Katherine Mack Wells, Warren Mack 


been sufficiently supplied with clothing had the physician's wife not 
been mindful. She was a help-meet to her husband, whose loss was 
great with her passing. Dr. Wells is carrying out alone that which 
they carried on together, and rich or poor, high or low, if at all 
humanly possible, are given the benefit of his skill as a physician. 
To this union were born three children. 

1. Warren Mack Wells, b. at Masontown, Pa., Aug. 30, 1915. He 
is a graduate of German Township High School, and attended the 
University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is a typical Mack 
in size, his height being 6 feet, 2 inches, and his weight, 285 pounds. 
He is the owner of the Wells Farms Dairy. April 4, 1942, he was 
married in Winchester, Va., to Miss Faye Baer of Masontown, 
Pa. She is a graduate of Beaver College, Jenkintown, Pa. She was 
born Nov. 22, 1915. Present address: N. Main St., Masontown, Pa. 

2. Edgar Kennard Wells, Jr. (a twin), b. at Masontown, Pa., 
Aug. 26, 1920. He is a student in William and Mary College of 
Williamsburg, Va. 

3. Frances Adelaide Wells, (a twin), b. at Masontown, Pa., Aug. 
26, 1920. She is in charge of the home since her mother's death. 

3. Warren Jacob Mack, son of Jacob and Hannah Young Mack, 
b. near Masontown, Pa., Dec. 19, 1893; was a student in Juniata 
College, Huntingdon, Pa. He was in the Navy during the first 
World War. He was a friend of the boys in Masontown aiding 
them in athletic equipment and was one to whom they always came 
in times of need and trouble. If there was any way that they could 
be helped they never came in vain. He married on Aug. 21, 1923, 
Miss Gertrude Guiler. She was born Nov. 23, 1902. For a number 
of years he operated a garage in Brownsville, Pa. Conditions of 
health necessitated a change in climate, and in 1940 he located in 
Arizona. Present address: 310 W. Portland St., Phoenix, Ariz. 
His garage is located in Glendale, Ariz. He has been keenly inter- 
ested in this production and has rendered valuable aid in a number 
of ways. Issue: two children. 

1. Gertrude Lenora Mack, b. Sept. 22, 1924. 

2. Edgar Guiler Mack, b. May 16, 1927. 

Elder Jacob Mack married the second time, Evelyn Croft, a 
native of Pennsylvania. There was born to them one child. 

1. Mary Mack, in. Elwood Leighty. Two children were born to 
them, a boy and a girl. 

ALEXANDER MACK (1807-1881) 

The fifth child born to Jacob and Nancy Moser Mack was named 
Alexander (Alexander Mack, Alexander Mack, Jr., William Mack, 
Jacob Mack, Alexander Mack). Jacob Mack writes in his Bible, 
"Our son Alexander Mack was born in the year 1807, April the 
8th." He was born on Brown's Run, German Township, Fayette 
Co., Pa. He, like his brothers and numerous members of his im- 
mediate family, was taught to mill. There was time for play, but 
work came first in that Pennsylvania home of the Macks. For re- 
laxation, there was fine skating on the mill dam for winter sport, 
and swimming in it in the summertime. Most of the dams were 
also splendid fishing waters. If there was not enough sport for 
that, it was only a short distance down to the Monongahela River 
where there were fish in abundance. This is unfortunately not true 
at the present time when the mine drainage has destroyed the fish- 
ing of another day. Alexander was taught the tenets of the faith 
and he learned the way of truth and life in the strict atmosphere of 
the Tunker home. Inasmuch as his father had high regard for his 
worthy ancestors, it is with pride that he spoke of Alexander Mack, 
Jr., of Germantown, the great-grandfather of little Alexander, who 
carried the old and honored name "Alexander." When plans were 
made for moving from familiar scenes to the roseate promises of the 
new state, Ohio, Alexander was in the prime of his young man- 
hood. No doubt it was rather painful to leave the neighboring Long- 
anecker and Leckrone boys and girls, whose lives had become so 
much a part of the lives of the Mack family, but the call of the 
West was too strong to be successfully resisted. It must have been 
rather difficult for the young man, at an age when the young men 
of his time had married and settled down, to be breaking off the 
pleasant relations for the uncertainties of the pioneer home in a new 
community, in the new territory awaiting development in the western 
forests. The trip was made and he, with the family, began the 
establishment of the new home in Ohio. There were trees to cut 
down, fields to be wrested from the forests, a home to build, new 
friends to be made, letters now and then, mostly then, to be written 
back to the folks who remained in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 



and at intervals to write the cousins, aunts, and uncles in Bedford, 
and Franklin County. There was little time for homesickness. 

Alexander, like his father and numerous ancestors, became a 
member of the German Baptist Church, as it was commonly known 
in that day. He farmed near the farm of his father, his brother 
John, and his sister Anna Mack Cooperrider. Alexander died Sept. 
26, 1881, at the age of 74 years, 5 months, and 18 days. He was 
buried in the Good Hope Cemetery, approximately three miles east 
of Glenford, Ohio, where numerous members of his family rest 
from their labors. Practically all his life in Ohio was spent just a 
few miles to the west of Brownsville, Ohio, and south of the Na- 
tional Pike, as it was called. His sister, Agnes Mack Leckrone, 
was also one of his neighbors in the community. May 24, 1839, Alex- 
ander took unto himself a wife in the person of Elizabeth Wine- 
gardner, who was a native of the state of Virginia. She, like the 
one who became her husband, had left the known East for the un- 
known West. To this union were born two children. 

1. Jacob Mack, b. southwest of Brownsville, Ohio, April 14, 1840, 
in Bowling Green Twp., Licking Co. He was also a member of 
the church of his fathers, the German Baptist Church, or Dunkard, 
as some of the community called it. He died Sept. 30, 1893; m. 
June 11, 1863, to Miss Elvira Plank, b. near Mt. Perry, Ohio; d. 
Nov. 6, 1927; buried in the Good Hope Cemetery by the side of her 
husband. Jacob Mack like those of his family who came to Ohio 
tilled the soil. To the union of Jacob and Elvira Plank Mack were 
born seven children. 

1. Emily Jane Mack, b. Sept. 10, 1864; m. Dennis Daugherty. 
They lived south of Brownsville, Ohio, on a farm. She died Feb. 
4, 1937. There were no children to the union. 

2. David Mack, b. March 19, 1866; m. Ida Gall, Nov. 12, 1891. 
They are members of the Glenford Brethren Church, and have been 
active in its work for a half century or more. They live on the 
farm approximately 4 miles to the southwest of Brownsville. Pres- 
ent address: Glenford, R. D., Ohio. He is the owner of his great- 
grandfather Jacob Mack's Bible and has rendered valuable aid in 
this production. 1 

1. David Mack dropped dead at his home Thursday morning, 
December 3, 1942. The funeral was held in the Glenford, Ohio, 
Brethren Church, and was in charge of Rev. Garber Drushall. 
Burial was in Highland Cemetery near Glenford, Ohio. 


To the union of David and Ida Gall Mack were born six children. 

1. Oscar Mack, b, on the home farm between Brownsville, Ohio, 
and Glenford, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1893. He attended Brownsville High 
School and Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. On October, 24, 1915, 
he was united in marriage to Laura Gutridge. They are both mem- 
bers of the Glenford Brethren Church. They live on a farm. Issue: 
three children. 

1. Bernard Mack, 1). March 16, 1923. 

2. Keitha Mack, b. July 10, 1927. 

3. Robert Mack, b. May 6, 1939. 

2. Everett Gall Mack, b. on the Mack farm between Brownsville, 
Ohio, and Glenford, Ohio, Sept. 6, 1895; member of the Glenford 
Brethren Church; m. Oct. 2, 1921, Florence Winegarner. Xo issue. 

3. Esta Mack, b. Aug. 8, 1897, on the home farm ; m. Nov. 29, 1916, 
to Joseph Bowers. They were members of the Glenford Brethren 
Church. Their home was in Glenford, Ohio. She was the victim 
of a tragic accident on Jan. 31, 1927, when she was burned to death. 
Issue: one child. 

1. Dorothy Bowers, b. Oct. 19, 1918. 

4. Marie Mack, b. on the home farm Feb. 20, 1899; m. June 11, 
1924, to Floyd Gutridge. Present residence : Newark, Ohio. No 

5. Mildred Mack, b. on the home farm Sept. 10, 1903; m. to Max 
Stough, Oct. 14, 1928. Issue : one child. 

1. Ruth Marie Stough, b. March 7, 1932. 

6. Parker Mack, b. July 12, 1905, on the home farm; a member 
of the Glenford Brethren Church ; m. Pearl Kreager, Brownsville, 
Ohio, Aug. 22, 1931. No issue. They live with his parents on the 

3. Nathan Mack, b. near Brownsville, Ohio, May 2, 1868; d. Jan. 
26, 1936; m. Dec. 10, 1891, to Miss Delia Orr of Brownsville, Ohio. 
He was a member of the Glenford Brethren Church. For many 
years he was a member of the Brownsville Cornet Band, one of the 
best known bands of that section of the state. He was engaged In 
farming, and lived southwest of Brownsville, Ohio. His widow 
lives on the farm. She is a member of the Glenford Brethren 
Church. Present address : Glenford, R. D., Ohio. There were no 


4. John Alen Mack, b. near Brownsville, Ohio, Oct. 25, 1869. He 
was a farmer and lived a few miles southwest of Brownsville. Like 
his brother Nathan, he was a musician and for years was a leader 
of the above-mentioned Brownsville Band. He died March 20, 1928; 
m. Miss Zoa Orr, daughter of James Orr, Brownsville, Ohio. Issue : 
two children. 

1. Kenneth Mack. 

2. Vernon Mack, m. Grace Claggett, near Gratiot, Ohio. They 
live near Brownsville, Ohio. Present address : Glenford, R. D., 
Ohio. Issue : two children. 

1. Ronald Dean Mack, b. June 30, 1937. 

2. Arlene Ann Mack, b. Oct. 2, 1939. 

5. Artemas Mack, b. June 7, 1873; d. May 20, 1874. 

6. Martha Mack, b. near Brownsville, Ohio, Nov. 20, 1878; m. 
Oct. 28, 1897, to Wallace Swinehart, Glenford, Ohio, b. April 13, 
1876; d. Dec. 17, 1940. He was a farmer; a member of the Good 
Hope Lutheran Church ; buried in the near-by cemetery. Issue : 
six children. 

1. Olva Elvira Swinehart, b. April 1, 1900; m. to Guy Poulson, 
Thornville, Ohio, June 25, 1924. The ceremony was by Rev. Fred 
Poulson, a brother. She and her husband are members of the 
Thornville Lutheran Church, Thornville, Ohio. Issue : two children. 

1. George Edward Poulson. 

2. Lois Ann Poulson. 

2. Verrenna Margaret Swinehart, b. March 9, 1902 ; m. Frank 
Palmer, June 20, 1936, in the Good Hope Lutheran Church, near 
Glenford, Ohio, by Rev. C. E. Lender. They live at 1125 Kingslea 
Road, Columbus, Ohio. He is employed by the Standard Savings 
and Loan Co. They are members of the Christ Lutheran Church 
of Columbus. 

3. Claude Henry Swinehart, b. May 29, 1907; m. Gladys Orr, Nov. 
17, 1928. He is a member of the Lutheran Church. They live near 
Brownsville, Ohio. He is a road foreman. Present address : Browns- 
ville, Ohio. Issue: one child. 

1. Richard. 

4. Paul M. Swinehart, b. Sept. 21, 1909; m. Erma Morris, March 
26, 1932. He is a member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church. He 
is a road worker. Present address : Thornville, Ohio. 

5. Mary Evelyn Swinehart, b. Nov. 16, 1911; m. Kenneth Boring, 


June 24, 1933. Members of the Thornville Lutheran Church. They 
live on a farm. 

6. Harold Raymond Swinehart, b. May 24, 1914; m. Christine 
Hammond, April 3, 1936. Members of the Good Hope Lutheran 
Church. Occupation: farming. Issue: one child. 

1. Ronald Raymond Swinehart. 

7. Charles Mack, b. near Brownsville, Ohio, Sept. 24, 1882. Like 
his brothers Nathan and John he was a musician and for years a 
member of the Brownsville, Ohio, Band. He is married. Present 
address : Logan, Ohio. Issue : four children. 

1. Lala Mack, m. Orlo Wiseman. 

2. Lloyd Mack, m. Laverla Helser, daughter of Rufus and Laura 
Helser of Glenford, Ohio. Issue : one child. 

1. Dorie Harlene Mack. 

3. Mable Mack, unmarried. 

4. Irene Mack. 

2. Margaret Jane Mack, daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth 
Winegardner Mack, b. near Brownsville, Ohio, Aug. 23, 1842; d. 
Aug. 26, 1858. 


POLLY MACK (1812-1844); ANNA MACK 

Polly, the daughter of Jacob and Nancy Moser Mack, was born 
on Brown's Run, German Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. 
In the various articles concerning her to be found in various papers, 
she is called "Katie," and "Mary." However, her father writes in 
his old and worn Bible, "Our daughter Polly was born in the year 
1812 Oct. the 20th." So Polly it shall be in this connection. Polly 
was in the prime of her young womanhood when she came with her 
father and mother to the new home in the new country in Ohio. 
Polly did not go without leaving fond friends in the old state of 
Pennsylvania. Friendship in this case blossomed into something 
deeper, and we find the following record in her father Jacob Mack's 
old Bible, "Our daughter Polly Mack was married to John Long- 
anecker on the 9th day of March 1841." There is no written record 
to enlighten us, but it is natural to suppose that Polly journeyed 
back to the home state of Pennsylvania and became the bride of the 
neighbor boy, or the one who had been the neighbor boy. John 
Longanecker grew to manhood on the adjoining farm, to the west 
of which Jacob Mack lived. John was one of the five children of 
Joseph Longanecker. Here we have again a peculiar relationship, 
as Polly's older sister Sarah had become the stepmother of John 
whom Polly married. Therefore John became the brother-in-law 
of his own father. John Longanecker was approximately the same 
age as his wife Polly, being born also in 1812. John Longanecker 
and his wife Polly Mack Longanecker made their home in German 
Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Their married life was 
brief, for Polly passed away near the location of her birth on Feb- 
ruary 6, 1844. There were no children born to the union. While 
we have no record, it is very likely that she was also a member of 
the German Baptist Church, as the Tunker or Brethren Church 
was called in those early days. Her husband was a faithful member. 

John Longanecker lived on the farm of his birth with his brother 
Joseph for many years after the death of his wife Polly. He was 




very active in the spreading of the Gospel of Christ. He was firm 
in the Tunker faith. Two letters are at hand which indicate the in- 
tense activity of those days. They portray the competition, as it 
were, of those times. It was such faith and such contending which 
has given us the Church which thousands and thousands of people 
today love. An insight into the letters of those who were the initial 
builders should cause us to take new life and press onward against 
odds. When John Longanecker was born, and his wife Polly Mack 
as a girl played around her father Jacob's mill and threw sticks 
in the mill race, the German Baptist Church, as we shall speak of it, 
had not been in this country one hundred years, and so was still 
struggling forward amidst unsympathetic surroundings. In a letter 
yellowed by age, we have an interesting insight of another day. The 
letter was written to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Deffenbaugh, Browns- 
ville, Ohio. The letter follows : 

Masontown, Pa., July 27. 1878. 
Mr. Samuel Deffenbaugh & wife. Dear Friends. 
I received your letter and was glad to hear from you. It appears 
that Annie Lampton has gone to the silent grave where her sister 
has gone some time before. Our friends are going one after another 
and with all that before Peoples Eyes it does not make them any 
better or honester for of all rascality that is going on all around at 
the present day, no one ever saw its equal or at least I never did. 
I see by the Primitive Christian that Quinter was to see your con- 
gregation on his return from A.M. It appears that there was a big 
crowd there and they are complaining of too many to feed. Now 

John Longanecker. 

brother-in-law of 

Elder Jacob Mack 

John Mack when 


there is only one way to stop that big crowd and that is simply to 
ask the Rail Road Co.'s. not to give half fare and make every man, 
woman and child that tends the meeting Pay one Dollar not only 
ask them for it but make them pay it or leave the ground. This will 
give them plenty of money and stop the big crowd and whoever is 
too stingy for this let them stay at home. I would willingly Pay that 
much or even double that sum if I attended the meeting. By the 
report of A.M. they had not quite as spicy a time as some years 
ago in their arguments. This ought to show some of the old mem- 
bers that the young members can do business just as nice and good 
as the old ones can. They changed the standing committee from 
last year and much against the will of the older members to change 
it. They were determinade to last year and we think it all for the 
better in the end. It looks to monarchially to have a standing com- 
mittee for years and years. That is just the way that a Pope was 
made in the Catholic Church and we are able to prove it by history. 
The standing committee was composed of some nine or ten men. 
There may as well be but one Pope as nine or ten had they made 
no change in 20 years from this time your church would have been 
quite a different thing from what it will be to keep changeing 
every few years. But enough of this for the present time. 

I expect Joseph Mack will be at George Mack's before this reaches 
you to change places with John Mack. If John Mack is not going to 
slide back here in purpose of getting a wife then I am much mis- 
taken, and if so we think we ought to have a bid as we are so close 
neighbors. Lissa is quite friendly. There will be two left at home 
for some other boys, there has been but few weddings for some 
time past. Perhaps they will start the ball. I suppose that Alfred 
Jones has commenced to learn a trade in his old days. You will 
please accept our thanks for the papers as you sent me. 

We have had remarkable hot weather until last Monday and dry- 
too until last week. Our corn is doing pretty well now but has 
suffered too much from drought to make a full crop, especially the 
late corn, wheat, oats, potatoes & hay are splendid crops and too 
many cherries to make use of all. Apples not a full crop but we 
think enough if rightly taken care of. 

Now as far as I know the friends are all well except Aunt Susa 
Deffenbaugh and she is getting better slowly. 

Rite again when you feel like it and we will try and do the same. 

John Longanecker. 

The Lissa referred to in the above letter was Miss Elizabeth 
Kefover of near Masontown who became the bride of John Mack. 
She, as mentioned elsewhere, lives on Craig Street, Uniontown, 
Pennsylvania. Two years later we find John Longanecker again 
takes his quill in hand and writes another letter which has been 


preserved for us. The stamp on the envelope is a three-cent stamp. 
The letter follows : 

Masontown, Pa., March 31, 1880. 
Mr. Samuel Deffenbaugh. 

Yours of the 14th to hand in due time. Glad to hear that you arc all 
well, and so your grandmother Cover is no more with you. I pre- 
sume it does look lonely to see the empty house where you fre- 
quently would go to see your old friend and mother. It appears 
that Solomon Helser is Dead he has been ailing for some time. 
Well the friends here are about as comon with one exception Kate 
Lewellen of Green co, has had lung fever for three weeks. We 
heard nothing from her since last Friday, perhaps we will hear 
before i close this letter She is my neice. It appears that three of 
you paid Uncle Jacob Leckrone a visit last fall. They must begin 
to look out for they are getting pretty well up in years. We have 
quite an old man here and as smart as a cricket as the saying is, 
Jacob Steele by name. His first wife was a sister of Mr. Ben Eby 
of Ohio. He is nearly 88 years old, can walk three or four miles 
in a day without much fatigue. Thats doing very well. 

Well in regard to Jacob L. Mack, we don't see him very often yet 
don't live more than one mile from here. His mother-in-law Fannie 
Young had a spell of sickness some time ago but is well again and 
she is keeping one of her cousins that has been crazy for 40 years 
he is as helpless as a child David Stroam by name. 1 So all this 
keeps Jake pritty close to home. As far as I know, him and Hannah 
are getting along very well. He met a little loss this winter perhaps 
it will teach him a lesson. Him and John Helmick was hauling 
fodder, left the team, two well fed horses stand to drive some 
cows out of the field. The cows run close by the horses and away 
they went, run astride of a stump broke the wagon in pieces then run 
until they tore the harness off them then they stopped running. They 
ought to have known better than to leave them alone in cold weather 
untied. Well the time for D.N. Workman to be with you is coming 
close to hand. Hope he will be able to make things plain enough 
for all Pedo Baptists to understand that Baptism is not either 
sprinkling or poring and nothing but believers are fit subjects for 

Jonas Leckrone and I have had something on the dress question. I 
asked him if a Christian Dunkard could pray at maneast neeting 
with a comon sunbonnet and no cap and not dishonor her head if 
she could do so in her own meeting house. Right here we say that 
no honest person will deny that she can't do it. His plea was that 
maybe she dident go there to pray. A poor plea indeed for a Chris- 
tian to make. He came as near saying that lay members need not 

1. He was no relative but a homeless wanderer whom they picked 
up and cared for out of the kindness of their hearts. — Author. 


pray as he can do to not say it entirely. A poor plea indeed for any 
one to make. I gave him some of Kelso and Quinters preaching and 
Balsbaughs ritings to answer. He says they are only men and a 
small part of the church. If what they have preached and rote on 
the subject of prayer would have answered his purpose, how readily 
he would have accepted what they said. Poor indeed for a Christian 
to answer in that way. But he don't creep through a small place the 
next time. When did ever one of his sisters get a cap and put it on 
at family prayers? Never never that I saw of them but a bonnet 
or handkerchief on. Then why wont a bonnet do in the meeting 
house. Consistency thou art a Jewel. 

I can now tell my people what your only childs name is when they 
ask me. Glad to hear that Charley is a good scholar for his age. 
There is too many now a days that can barely read and write their 
name. J. L. Mack can see the need of being a scholar but it is too 
late. He had the same chance that Alexander Mack had so the 
fault is his. Well Easter Sunday was a rainy day until 4 O'clock 
P.M. then it snowed awful fast. Snowed all day Monday and high 
wind all day yesterday. A little more moderate today. Hard frost 
bids. fair for a good sugar day. Yesterday they sold the last foot of 
land that Nick Zane had. Sale of land and personal property a- 
mounted to $85 :000 and don't pay all debts by about $6000 :00. Thats 
about the way that fools do business now adays. 

Please write when convenient, 
Truly Yours, 

John Longanecker. 

The above letter was written when John Longanecker was within 
six years of his death. An old clipping indicating by its color, its 
age, states : 

Mr. John Longanecker, an old resident died at his home in Nichol- 
son township the night of February 14 1886 aged 74 years. Mr. L. 
was a highly respected citizen and was born on the farm now oc- 
cupied by Mr. Loucks in German township where he grew to man- 
hood. He married Miss Katie Mack a daughter of Rev. Mack, and 
sustained the strange relationship of being a brother-in-law to his 
own father. He spent some time in the West but Nicholson and 
German was always his home. His wife died many years ago. He 
was childless and spent the last days of his life cared for by his 
nephews and uncles in the house where his brother Joseph lived. 
His remains were laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery on Tuesday 
followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives. 

In the clipping calling Jacob Mack "Rev." this should not be con- 
fused with John Longanecker's brother-in-law Jacob Mack, the 
elder, who died in Fulton County, Illinois, August 21, 1871. 



Anna Mack, daughter of Jacob and Nancy Moser Mack, was 
born on Brown's Run, German Township, Fayette County, Pennsyl- 
vania. She was the youngest of Jacob Mack's children and was 
born December 30, 1915. There were seven children born to Jacob 
and Nancy Moser Mack, and all of them born in German Town- 
ship, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. They were born in the family- 
home by the side of the old mill. It may be said in regard to the 
milling trade in which so many of the Macks participated, that one 
who conducted a mill in the colonial days of America was one of the 
greatest benefactors. The settlers on the frontiers were obliged to 
travel miles to secure the meal and flour when it could be secured. 
The building of a grist mill in their community, by the side of 
some mill stream, was a great aid to the scattered citizens of the 
community. One able to build and put into service a mill had to 
have two things ; first, means, and second, ability to construct, 
mainly from local material, the entire structure. The wheels were 
made from wood, and much of the iron work made by the local 
blacksmith, which usually was the miller himself. It can readily be 
seen that the Macks were people of thrift, in their ability and willing- 
ness to add a mill to a new community. 

In Jacob Mack's frayed old Bible there stands out plainly the 
entry he made concerning the birth of Anna Mack. He writes, 
"Our daughter Anna was Born in the Year 1815 Dec. 30th." 

Anna was just blossoming into young womanhood when she came 

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rider. Taken in her 
old age. 

John Cooperrider 


with her parents and most of her brothers and sisters to their new 
home in Ohio. However, she never forgot the days of her childhood 
in Pennsylvania. She frequently told the mother of the writer of 
her childhood days. One of the things that had indelibly im- 
pressed itself upon her mind was the mill pond. She described how, 
when ice would form upon it in the winter sufficiently strong to 
support the skaters, the young people would gather there for their 
sport. Being the youngest and rather small, she found that she 
could make better progress by holding to the coat tails of her strong- 
er brothers. They furnished the motor power as the blades of the 
skates swished and rang upon the hard ice in the winter air. She 
never forgot one of the thrills when they misjudged the thickness 
of the ice and forming the usual train started across. The entire 
coating of the pond seemed to settle under the weight of the skaters, 
but fortunately did not break and enabled them to reach the bank 
in breathless safety. 

Anna Mack was vivacious and a hard worker. There is handed 
down by close relatives an account of the first meeting with the one 
who became her husband. Miss Oma Karn writes: 

A number of young people were at a singing. Anna, evidently 
inherited well from those canny Holsinger women. She always was 
having an eye open for the best looking man in the bunch. The 
evening mentioned there was a young man present, a total stranger 
to Anna. He must have been rather prepossessing for the way home 
Anna inquired of a girl companion who the good looking new 
comer might be. She was informed that he was from an adjoin- 
ing community and his name was Cooperrider. Anna laughed loud 
and long. Cooperrider? What a name! However, after some lapse 
of time Anna was proudly bearing the name of Cooperrider. 

She became the bride of John Cooperrider. Their home was a few 
miles to the southwest of Brownsville, Ohio, not far from where her 
father Jacob lived, her brother John, and her oldest sister Agnes 
Mack Leckrone. Anna was a staunch member of the German Bap- 
tist or Dunkard Church. Her husband was a member of the Lu- 
theran Church. Both were strong for their own churches. Their 
divided church interests did not always make for peace and harmony 
in the home. "Aunt Anna" was an indefatigable worker, and her 
husband was willing that she should be. The writer remembers her 
well, also the love she had for the Gospel and her love and admi- 


ration for her church. In her old age when she could not attend 
services, the writer remembers a service at the home while he 
was just a lad. People came into the old home there in the hills, on 
foot, in carriages, and on horseback. It was decided by friends and 
relatives to have a basket dinner following the services there on 
the spacious grounds. Little Anna Mack Cooperrider, with her 
head covering and Uncle John Cooperrider, with his chin covering, 
are still vividly in the mind of the writer after the passing of years. 
Rev. J. M. Bowman, Pastor of the Baracha Brethren Church, a few 
miles away, was the preacher of the day. Macks from their different 
homes, the Deffenbaughs, the Leckrones, the Lamptons, and nu- 
merous friends came to sing the old hymns and worship together. 
It was a gala day for the old couple and when the fine dinner was 
spread upon the grass it was a day long to be remembered. 

No children were born to John and Anna Mack Cooperrider. 
However, they took one into their home, mention of whom has 
been made in another place, and cared for her until she grew to 
womanhood and married. Anna Mack Cooperrider was the last of 
her brothers and sisters, like the last leaf upon the tree, as it were. 
Her brothers and sisters were sleeping in various states : her sister 
Sarah, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania ; Polly, surviving only a 
few years after her marriage to John Longanecker, also in Penn- 
sylvania; her brother Elder Jacob Mack, sleeping the last sleep in 
Fulton County, Illinois ; sister Agnes, at Ankenytown, Ohio ; broth- 
ers John and Alexander in the Good Hope Cemetery just three 
miles east of Glenford, Ohio. She selected her last resting place by 
the side of her father and mother in the old cemetery on her father's 
farm. She was often told that the cemetery was not likely to be 
kept up and that perhaps the rains would make inroads and destroy 
it. She remarked that "she wanted to be buried in it if she washed 
out the next day." She passed away on June 5, 1901, at the good 
old age of 84 years, 6 months, and 5 days. For some reasons she 
was not buried in the Mack Cemetery but in the Good Hope Lu- 
theran Cemetery, east of Glenford, Ohio. Her husband John Coop- 
errider had preceded her in death on October 5, 1900. He also is bur- 
ied in the Good Hope Cemetery northeast of Glenford, Ohio. 

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Alexander Mack 

the Tanker 
and Descendants 


and Descen 

By Rev. Freeman An 

Scolldale, Pa. 

Original Tunker Church built in 1770 in 
with additions made in two later centurie 


Contains rare illustrations and ph< 
unpublished material. Many of 
taken by the author. 

Introduction I 

Editor H. A. Brandt, Managing 
Messenger," author and historian. 








SCENDANTS is a historical genealogy of a man 
and a people who have done more to shape the moral 
and spiritual life of America than perhaps any other 

It lists over 3,000 descendants, covering a period from 
1679 to 1943, two hundred and sixty-four years. 

It is also a history of the churches that look to Alexan- 
der Mack as founder. 

It is fact, not fiction. 

"I am glad that you hold to the religion your family set 
up and lived. Be sure to send me this data when pub- 
lished. I cherish all such things." 

The late Former Governor of Pennsylvania, Elder Martin G. Brum- 
baugh, author of note ; author of "A History of the Brethren" ; noted 
educator and President of Juniata College at the time of his death.